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Understanding more about what you can do after a car accident

As most people make their way to work, school or other appointments, they will inevitably hear a local traffic report on the radio detailing how a certain stretch of highway or popular thoroughfare is moving slowly thanks to a serious accident.

While we have a tendency to tune these reports out, particularly if the accident in question is nowhere in our vicinity, they nevertheless serve as a grim reminder that car crashes are by no means a rare occurrence. Indeed, the truth is that even the most careful driver can still be victimized by the recklessness of another at any time.

This isn't meant to cause unnecessary alarm, but rather to impress upon people the importance of being prepared in the event the unimaginable does happen.

To that end, today's post, the first in a series, will discuss some of the steps that should consider taking in the immediate aftermath of a crash, a time when then are likely experiencing a host of emotions and perhaps even dealing with personal injuries.

Experts advise that once the initial shock of the accident subsides, the first order of business should be making sure that all parties are physically okay and, if not, to summon emergency medical assistance. Indeed, they advise not to move any injured party -- particularly if they are unconscious or complaining of neck/back pain -- unless they are in imminent danger.

In the event of physical injuries and/or property damage to vehicles, experts strongly advise motorists to consider calling the police, who can not only help keep people remain calm and on point, but file a detailed report that can prove helpful should legal action prove necessary.  

Regardless of whether a motorist decides to call the police, experts indicate they must exchange basic information with all other motorists involved, including names, addresses, license plate numbers, drivers' license numbers and, of course, insurance information.

They also urge motorists not to take this step until their emotions have subsided, and they are capable of being civil and cooperative. Furthermore, they indicate that no conversations concerning fault should be undertaken or apologies issued, as their interpretation of events could be incorrect.

We'll continue this discussion in a future post. In the meantime, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible if you've suffered life-changing injuries in a car accident caused by the recklessness of another.

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