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What to do immediately after a car accident

Car accidents are always the one thing that people don’t want to think about but, the reality is that every driver should be prepared for a car accident because they often occur when a driver is unprepared.

Thankfully, in this article, we will share with you several things that you should do after a car accident so that you are prepared to take action quickly instead of being left in a daze wondering what you should do next.

Step 1 – Check on the passengers in your vehicle

The first thing that you should do after a car accident is to check on the passengers in your vehicle to make sure that everyone is okay and doesn’t have any injuries.

If one of your passengers has indicated that they are injured, it’s best to use your phone to call Emergency Services immediately and then do your best to keep your passenger stable until they arrive.

Step 2 – Talk with the other driver

Once Emergency Services arrive, you should also contact the police department to make sure that they are aware of your car accident and will be sending an officer to the scene.

After that officer has arrived to secure the scene, the next thing that you should do is to connect with the other driver to check on their condition and exchange insurance information with them.

It doesn’t matter who was at fault, exchanging information with the other driver is imperative because, if that driver was at fault, you want to have their name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and the license plate number of their vehicle. After all, you want to have a way to find them after the accident.

Step 3 – Stick to the facts and don’t make deals

Another important thing to do after a car accident is to stick with collecting the information that you need from the other driver and to not make deals.

This is important because, depending upon the situation of the other driver, they may try to persuade you to accept cash to let them walk away. Don’t let this happen! Focus only on collecting the information that we mention above and then let your insurance professional handle the rest.

Besides collecting information from the other driver, you should also focus on using your phone to take pictures and video of the scene. This is important because there’s no better way to accurately keep a record of what happened at that accident then have pictures and video from the accident on your phone.

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