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What should I do after a car accident?

A car accident only takes a moment to change things in a victim’s life drastically. The actions someone takes after their accident can shape how well they can recover from their injuries and move on after the accident, but what do they need to do?

A car accident cost can cost a victim thousands of dollars or more depending on how severe the damage is. If you were the victim of a car accident, here are five things you can do to help increase the odds of holding the liable party responsible for their actions:

Determine if you need medical help

After an accident, make sure if you or anyone else needs medical attention. If you suspect that someone needs medical attention, call an ambulance immediately. The medical report from the scene of the accident can also become useful in a personal injury claim.

Decide if you need the police

Not every accident needs the help of the police. A fender-bender does not necessarily call for a police report, but they can help in serious accidents. The police can help secure the area of the accident, redirect traffic if necessary, and call in a team to clean up any debris. The police report from the accident is another piece of documentation that can benefit a personal injury claim.

Take pictures

While you are waiting for the police to arrive, take as many pictures and videos of the accident as possible. Document the accident from all angles to avoid any uncertainty about the accident and what the results were.

Gather testimony

Witnesses of the accident can provide testimony that aids your pursuit of a personal injury claim, and their memory of the crash is most accurate immediately after the accident. If possible, collect a recording of the witness’s testimony, as well as their contact information.

Call an attorney

There is no guarantee that you will receive compensation for your injuries that will reflect your injuries’ actual cost. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you secure the assets you need to handle your injury expenses. Be sure to call a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.