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A car accident is one of the worst events that you can experience in life. Knowing what to do after a crash could help you overcome both the short-term and long-term impact it may have on your life. What steps should you take after you have been involved in a car wreck?
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you aren't hurt. If your head or neck is sore, it may not be a good idea to move as it could make your injuries worse. It is also not a good idea to move anyone else involved in the crash who has head or neck soreness. Instead, either call for help or wait until someone else arrives at the scene who can do so.
Assuming that you are not physically hurt, you can now start the process of documenting what happened to you. This generally involves taking pictures of the accident scene, talking to witnesses and calling the police to create an official report. If anyone recorded the accident as it happened, make sure to get a copy of that video. Depending on your insurance provider, it may be possible to start the claims process on your phone from the scene of the crash.
If your car is too damaged to drive safely, it may be necessary to tow it to a repair shop. You have the right to take your vehicle to any shop that you want regardless of what your insurance company says. In some cases, the police will call for a tow truck to help clean up the accident scene in a timely manner. If not, call someone like Inproof Towing, Transport & Emergency Services or a similar service to get your vehicle to a mechanic.
In the hours and days immediately after the crash, make sure to document everything that happens related to the accident. This may mean keeping records of insurance claims or any statements made by the driver who caused the crash. You should also keep a record of when you saw your doctor or otherwise sought medical care after the accident as this may be useful in a civil case.
It is critical that you know what to do after a car accident. Generally, you will check to see that you are alright, call the police for help and file an insurance claim. If you have been hurt, it may be beneficial to see a doctor and talk to an attorney.