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What steps should you take in the aftermath of a car accident?

There are probably only a few very lucky people in Minnesota who have never been involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common on the roadways throughout America, so, chances are that most people will almost inevitably be in one at some point in their lives. What steps should our readers take in the aftermath of a car accident?

The most important immediate steps are to stay at the scene of the accident and check to make sure that all parties involved aren’t injured. If there are injuries, those who are involved in an accident may need to render first aid or summon medical responders to the scene.

Next, once police officers and emergency personnel have arrived at the scene, it is important to get the contact information for the other parties involved in the car accident, as well as insurance information. This will be important later when claims need to be filed to cover expenses for damage to the vehicles.

In car accidents that involve injuries, some steps may need to be taken to begin to gather information that could be used in a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, any witnesses to the accident may need to be contacted in order to get their statements and contact information. It can also be important to take pictures of the accident scene and of the injuries that occurred. Lastly, injured victims will need to make sure that they keep track of all of their medical expenses to facilitate the possible compensation for these costs through a personal injury claim.

Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” accessed on June 4, 2017