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Moments after a car crash, what should you do?

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, there will be a lot of confusion and anger. The people involved in the crash will be understandably anxious, tense, and unsure about what they are supposed to do next. If injuries are involved, that can complicate the matter further. But for the sake of this discussion, let's assume the accident is minor in nature and no serious injuries occurred. In this scenario, what should you do following the crash?

In the seconds after your car and another car collide, you need to do everything in your power to remain calm and not flee the scene. Doing so would make your accident a criminal matter. Stay at the scene and provide any help that you can to any injured victims.

Then, you need to respectfully approach the other driver involved in the crash and exchange information. Once this is done, you can do a bit of investigative work for your own benefit. Take pictures of the accident scene with your cellphone. Were there street signs of importance? What do the two cars look like after the crash? Are the tread marks anywhere? Gathering this information can be hugely beneficial down the line.

In the same vein, you can also talk to any witnesses of the crash and ask if they are willing to go on record with what they saw. In the end, you will have to also talk to your insurer and consider your legal options if you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver.

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