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What Do I Do If I’ve Just Been In A Car Accident?

Unfortunately, car accidents are a part of life for commuters across the United States. Every year, millions of Americans suffer some sort of injury as a result of an auto accident. If you have just been in an accident, however, and are able to do so, maintaining composure and taking the following steps can work to lessen the stress of the moment and help you move forward with any personal injury claims.


First and foremost, if you have been injured, you should seek treatment immediately. Even minor pain can balloon into a serious health concern, so it’s important to be properly and thoroughly examined after an accident.

Immediately After An Accident

After taking a breath and remaining calm, you should move the cars to a safe space, out of traffic, if the accident is minor. If not, remember to turn on your hazard lights and set up the appropriate warning cones and other means of alerting traffic.

If you feel like you are okay, you should work to obtain the name, address, license number and insurance information of the other parties involved, in addition to any witnesses present.

You should also contact the police, even for minor fender benders. It’s important to establish a record of the event, in case you need to seek compensation later on.

If possible, take photos of the accident, as well as of any visible injuries or bruising.

Do’s and Don’ts

After an accident:

  • Don’t ignore an injury
  • Don’t admit fault
  • Do take good notes and pictures
  • Don’t leave the scene before other drivers, if possible

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