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What are my first steps after a car accident?

Previous to becoming involved in an accident, you may have had a vague idea about what you should do if you become involved in one. However, it the chaos and panic that is likely to be accompanied by the incident, it is likely that you did not act in a structured or collected way. Regardless, you should always make sure that safety is a priority — it is likely that your instincts kicked in and you did whatever you could to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

If you have been involved in a car accident and you are not sure whether you took the right steps or what to do next, the following is an overview of the first steps that you would ideally take after a car accident.

Check for injuries

The injuries sustained by yourself and others may determine whether you are able to move out of the vehicle and to a safer area. If any passengers seem to have suffered blows to the head or neck, it may be safest not to move them immediately. Even if minor injuries were sustained, you should call the emergency services.

Move to a safer area

If it’s still possible to operate the vehicle, it is important that you pull off the road to avoid further dangers. If the car was involved in a serious collision and there seems to be a risk of explosion, you should move everyone away from the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible.

Exchange information and document the scene

You will need to make sure that you have all the necessary information, including the name and insurance information of the other driver, the police report number, and the police officer’s name and contact details. You should also try to take as many photos as you can as evidence.

If you have been involved in a car accident, look into your options to claim back damages. Doing so could help you to pay for medical expenses and other damages.