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Key steps to take after a car accident

If you're involved in a car accident, there will be a lot rushing through your mind. As difficult as it may be, you need to calm down and take things one step at a time.

Above all else, make sure you complete a thorough health check. This starts with you. Do you feel poorly? Are any injuries visible? If there is any reason to believe you are injured, it's imperative to call an ambulance and remain in place until they arrive.

Also, if you're uninjured, be sure to check on other passengers. You may find that one or more people need assistance.

Along with calling for an ambulance, you also want police to arrive at the scene. With this, you'll have somebody there who can facilitate the follow up to the accident. Furthermore, the officer will create a report that may be used later on, such as when filing an insurance claim.

At some point, once you are comfortable doing so, document the accident. This means obtaining a copy of the report, taking pictures of any injuries and damage, and collecting witness contact information.

Once again, some of these steps can be difficult to take if you were injured in the accident. If you need to care for yourself first, don't hesitate to put the rest of these details on the backburner.

In the future, once you're feeling up to it, you'll want to look into your legal rights. You may be able to file a claim with the idea of receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Allstate, "4 Steps to Follow After a Car Accident," accessed Sep. 01, 2016

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