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5 Steps To Follow After a Car Accident

Drunk and distracted driving may not seem like a big problem to some drivers, but the reality is they have huge consequences. Every year, 1.2 million people die in car crashes worldwide and countess more sustain bodily injury as a result. Trucking accidents and car crashes can be scary and overwhelming, which can make it difficult to know what to do in the immediate aftermath of a collision. These tips will help you right after a crash.

  • Get to safety, but don't leave the scene
    First off, you should never leave an accident scene until you are officially told it's okay by police officers or emergency personnel. Leaving before it's appropriate could come with serious hit-and-run penalties, especially if another party has sustained bodily injury. However, you can and should ensure that you are out of the way of further harm. If you're able to, pull over or move to a safe location. You should remain in your car if you might have a risk for bodily injury. Be sure to turn on your hazard lights, too.
  • Check on others and call 911
    If you are physically able to do so, you should check on any passengers in your vehicle, as well as others involved in the crash. You should call 911 right away to report the incident and obtain medical assistance for yourself and others. Even if you don't think anyone is hurt, it's still a good idea to contact the authorities. You'll need to file a report if there's property damage and to protect yourself.
  • Exchange insurance and contact information
    You should obtain names, contact numbers, addresses, license and license plate numbers, and insurance information from any other drivers involved in the accident. You may also need to get contact information for any passengers. Be sure not to apologize or admit fault during this process; as difficult as it may be, this can have a negative effect on a personal injury claim outcome. If you don't have your insurance card on-hand, you may need to show proof of insurance within a 24-hour time frame to avoid being ticketed. Drivers can keep this information on their smartphones, so it's often a good idea to do this when you get your insurance info every year.
  • Take photos and talk to your insurance company
    Document what you can with your smartphone camera or with another device. This can be helpful if you need to file a claim. You'll also need to report the incident to your insurance company. Explain only the facts without embellishment or admitting fault. You should also obtain a police report with details about the accident to confirm. Keep in mind that your insurance company is more concerned about their bottom line than about saving you money. Unlike a lawyer, they won't necessarily fight to make sure you get a fair settlement.
  • Get checked out by a medical professional
    With the adrenaline rush you'll experience during an accident, it's likely that you may not notice non-obvious injuries until later on. That's why you should always get checked out by a medical professional at the scene or by your personal physician right away. If you do sustain a bodily injury, it will be carefully documented, as will your treatment. This can help you and your lawyer file a claim later on, if necessary.


If you've been in a crash, it's important to remain calm and remember these tips. You can even save them on your phone or print them out to keep in your car, if necessary. While the stress of a collision will make it hard to follow a precise process, these steps - along with working with the best car accident attorney Fort Worth Texas has to offer - can help you stay safe and document necessary information.

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