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What to Do After Your First Car Accident

Saturday is the deadliest day to drive.

Research shows that Saturday is the most dangerous day to drive in the United States. However, the reality is disaster can strike at any second.

Dealing with your first car accident can be the most difficult since you don’t know what to expect. That’s why we’ve created this short guide to tell you exactly what to do if you’re in a car crash.

Read on to learn what to do after a car crash.

Get to Safety

After your first car accident, the first thing you should care about is safety. The safety of yourself, and the safety of everyone else in your vehicle.

For legal and insurance purposes, it’s typically best to leave your vehicle in the same spot after a crash takes place. However, if you’re in the middle of a busy highway, leaving the car in place isn’t going to be an option.

If the position of your car is putting you in danger, move your car safely to the side of the road. When your car’s in a dangerous location, and it won’t run, you’ll have to leave it and seek safety. As long as no one has any major injuries, safely exit the vehicle and find a safe spot to stand away from traffic.

Call the Police

If you were in a minor car accident, it might be tempting to not call the police. However, failing to notify the police could cause you a world of trouble down the line.

For instance, let’s say you rear-end a vehicle, and the damage is minimal. Instead of calling the cops, you negotiate with the other driver and pay them a sum of money.

However, two weeks later you get a notice from your insurance company. The notice lets you know that the other driver is filing a claim against your insurance for the accident, even though you already paid them! Since the payment you made wasn’t official, you’ll have no legal recourse, and may wind up having to pay twice.

Check for Injuries

Before you move your vehicle, or yourself, do a quick check for injuries. If you do have an injury and it’s severe, wait for medical help to arrive before you move. However, if you’re not hurt badly, you can begin gathering evidence at the accident scene.

Get Witnesses and Photographs

After securing your vehicle, yourself, and your passengers, you’re ready to find witnesses. If anyone saw the crash take place, their witness testimony could go a long way towards helping you receive compensation. You’ll want to get the full name and phone number of any potential witnesses.

Next, take photos of the entire accident scene. Be sure to capture any vehicle damage as well as any injuries you may have.

Handling Your First Car Accident

We sincerely hope you never have to experience a car crash. However, if you do, now you know how to hand your first car accident. For more articles like this one, check out the rest of this site!

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