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The First 4 Things to Do After a Car Accident

If you’re involved in a car crash, there are measures you need to take in order to handle it properly. Read on to learn the first four things you should do if you’re involved in a car wreck.

Steps to Take

  1. Protect the scene - Take measures to prevent further accidents from happening by setting up flares (if you have them) and turning your hazard lights on. It’s a good idea to keep a flashlight in your car in case you’re in a crash at night and your car lights stop working.
  2. Call the authorities - It’s in your best interest to have the police come and take an accident report. Even if there are no serious injuries, you’re better off having the police write a report. This documentation will be very important for your insurance claim later on.
  3. Record the scene - It’s a good idea for you to take photos of the results of the accident. Take images of the damage done to your property as well as the other driver’s property. Photograph your physical injuries if they’re able to be seen. Take photos of the other driver’s license plate. Take images of the road and weather conditions. If it seems useful to record, take a photo of it.
  4. Exchange information - The police will often do this for you, but you should also do this yourself to make sure you have all the information you need from the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Be sure to collect the following information:
    1. Name
    2. Physical home address (not just a P.O. box)
    3. Phone number
    4. Auto insurance
    5. Vehicle registration
    6. Driver’s License

We Can Help

If you’ve been involved in an injury-sustaining car accident, our attorneys here at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP can help. Our team has assisted many other people in similar situations, and we can assist you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away.

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