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Help! I've Just Been in a Car Accident—What Should I Do? [Checklist Included]

Oh No! What should I do? I was just in a car accident! [8 Important Steps Included]

Experiencing a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming situation. Here are the steps you should take immediately after a car accident.

Keep in mind that each situation is individual and each state may have its own specifics.

1. Check For Injuries

The first step after an accident is to check yourself and others involved for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.

2. Get To Safety

If possible, move to a safe area to prevent further collisions or blockage of traffic. If your vehicle is drivable and poses a hazard, pull it to the side of the road. Otherwise, leave it where it is and prioritize your safety.

3. Call The Police

Even in minor accidents, it's crucial to obtain an official legal report. Contact the police to the scene. They will document the accident and fill out an accident report.

4. Document The Accident

Collect essential information from all drivers involved, including names, addresses, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance details. If there are passengers or witnesses, gather their contact information as well. Additionally, take photos of the accident scene, your vehicle, and any injuries sustained.

5. Don't Admit Fault

Avoid admitting fault at the accident scene, regardless of your assumptions. Factors and regulations may be unclear, and admitting fault prematurely could complicate matters.

6. Notify Your Insurance Company

Inform your insurance company promptly to initiate the claims process. Provide them with all necessary information for a smooth process.

7. Get Medical Attention

Seek medical attention, even if injuries aren't immediately apparent. Pain and injuries might manifest later. Visit the emergency room or consult your family doctor to ensure your well-being.

8. Call Morgan & Morgan's Car Accident Lawyers Today!

Our goal is to get you the best results, as quickly as possible.

After a car accident, legal complexities may arise, especially with disputed fault or insurance settlements. Consulting an attorney ensures someone knowledgeable of your state's laws advocates for you, handles evidence, consults experts, and negotiates with insurance companies, allowing you to focus on recovery.