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What to do after an auto accident

What to do after an auto accident

Accidents can be terrifying, but it is important that you try to remain calm and focused.

  • Call 911 immediately.  It is often not immediately clear the extent of the injuries of all parties.  In addition, a police report helps document the occurrence, and may establish the fault of the parties.
  • Get the other party’s identification and insurance information.
  • Take pictures with your phone, if you can do so safely. Your photos should include damage to all vehicles, the accident scene, debris and any skid marks. All too often people later forget, confuse or distort facts like distances, directions and speed.
  • Seek medical attention.  If you feel any pain the day of the accident or in the following days, go to the emergency room, or trauma center.  Many substantial injuries do not become apparent for two to three days after an accident when swelling occurs.
  • Contact an attorney.