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What is the first thing I should do after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2022 | Car Accidents

Even a seemingly minor vehicle collision can be a jarring event. Depending on numerous factors, vehicle occupants could potentially suffer serious injuries with lasting consequences. While the severity of the motor vehicle collision often depends on numerous factors, there are certain steps drivers should take no matter the type of crash.

Immediately after a car or truck accident, it is crucial that you carefully assess the situation. Check yourself for injuries and then move on to discussing the wellness of your passengers. Additionally, once the vehicles have moved to safety, it is wise to check on the vehicle occupants of other involved cars and trucks. Following a health and safety assessment, it is important to follow additional steps, including:

  • Critical phone calls: As soon as it is safe to do so, it is crucial that you call the police to report the incident and your insurance carrier to record the collision. Depending on the situation, these organizations can help organize medical services or a tow truck to the scene.
  • Documentation: It is imperative that you begin documenting everything possible. From taking pictures of the scene, vehicle damage and injuries to noting traffic patterns, weather conditions or the presence of witnesses, having a clear record of events can be crucial in the future.
  • Stay on the scene: It is not uncommon for drivers to leave the scene feeling that there was no damage, or their presence is not necessary. It is crucial that all parties remain on the scene until all information has been shared and the police report has initiated.

Motor vehicle collisions can involve cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians and 18-wheelers. Depending on numerous factors, the collision can result in injuries, catastrophic damage or fatalities. It is wise to remain calm in the chaotic aftermath and follow these steps to ensure everyone receives the proper care and drivers leave no information out.


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