Best Steps After A Car Accident

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Each time you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of an accident. Every year, drivers are involved in close to 10 million collisions on U.S. roads and highways. While the majority of these accidents are relatively minor, they can still be quite stressful to those involved. Fortunately, there are a few steps every driver can take to protect themselves from further problems after an accident.

The most important thing to do following an accident is take a deep breath and remain calm. While no one plans on an accident, remaining calm will help you get through it much more easily.

No matter how minor the accident is, call the police. This is a step many people skip, but it can be a huge help you should you need to file an insurance claim or pursue a legal case. Police officers are trained in investigating accidents and will be able to provide you with an unbiased accident report that can be used in conjunction with any claims.

Be sure to exchange information with the other driver. This includes insurance info, names, addresses and phone numbers. If you can, take a picture of their license as well as the condition of both of your vehicle. Remember, it is always better to have too much information rather than not enough. You never know what it will come in handy.

If there were any witnesses present, ask them if they are willing to provide you with a written account of it as well as their phone numbers. You may never need this information, but again, it never hurts to be over-prepared should things turn complicated.

Finally, after an auto accident, consider seeking legal counsel.

personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident and you believe the other driver was to blame The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge, LLP can help.

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