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What appropriate actions should you take following a car crash?

Getting into an accident is a jarring experience, and we don’t mean that only literally. People are often confused, shaken and in a fragile mental state after a car accident. In this condition, it is difficult to know what steps you need to take immediately after a car accident. If you have suffered some injuries make sure you get the medical help you deserve.

But let’s say that the accident you endured is fairly minor in nature. No one is hurt, aside from a bump or a bruise here and there. What should you do after this type of accident? How can you protect yourself and potentially support any legal case that you may make?

The first thing you should do is check on the other people involved in your accident. Once you have exchanged information, you can do a few simple things to preserve evidence and imagery of the crash scene.

Take photos with your cellphone or with a camera. You can also speak to any witnesses at or near the scene. If they are comfortable with it, you should take their contact information and get a statement from them, if possible.

All of this is assuming one very, very important step: remaining at the scene of the accident. Some people get scared and flee the scene. This is the worst thing you can do. After a wreck, take a deep breath and stay calm.

In the weeks and months to come, you will have to deal with insurance companies, track medical progress and costs (if applicable) and deal with property damage valuations. Should legal action be taken, make sure to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” Accessed Feb. 19, 2016