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Car parts & accessories | 24.03.2014 - 23:49

Be Prepared: Steps To Take After Getting In A Car Crash

Each time we venture out on the open road, an accident can occur when least expected. Whether you are a new driver or have been driving for many years, it is very important to be prepared in the event of a collision.

If you have never been in an accident, you may not know what to do immediately following the occurrence. You may be scared, injured or may not remember what to do. It is important to have a checklist in the glove compartment that will help you remember a series of pertinent information. You will need to gather this information at the scene and provide it to your insurance company. In the glove compartment, have proof of insurance and your registration handy to exchange with the other person involved. If you are unable to communicate following an accident, you should have a list of emergency numbers as well as medical information that will be helpful for emergency personnel. Have a paper and pencil available for taking notes, as well as a camera to document damages to your car and the other automobiles involved.

Exchange Insurance Information

Included with your checklist, you will need to gather pertinent information of other drivers involved in the accident. This will be crucial to provide to your insurance company. You will need to get all the names of those involved, insurance companies, policy numbers, license plates and the makes and models of all other automobiles.

Seek an Accident Lawyer

Find a competent accident lawyer that will be able to build a strong case for your particular circumstance. One way is by getting a referral from a friend or contacting your local Bar Association for information on a particular lawyer. You can also check the success rate of a firm specializing in accidents. If you're in a situation where you need a lawyer, you should also check out the accident lawyers at Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you think you are not injured, it’s important to seek medical attention to document any injuries. Many injuries surface days after the incident, so consult with a doctor as soon as possible.

Contact your Insurance Company

You will need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss the occurrence and get information on any car repairs.

Following these steps will not only get you prepared in the event that an accident occurs, but will give you the confidence and peace of mind that you will be able to know what to do to help resolve the unforeseen occurrence.

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