Take these key steps after a motor vehicle accident

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Even if you do your best to stay safe on the road, there could come a time when another driver puts you in a dangerous spot.

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident, you need to know which steps to take. With this knowledge, you won’t have to think twice about whether or not you are making the right moves at the right time.

Before we go any further, here’s something you should always remember: You should never drive away from a motor vehicle accident until you are 100 percent sure that it’s okay to do so.

Now, let’s examine five key steps to take:

  • Check yourself for injuries. You may not realize it at first, but you could be dealing with a serious injury after a motor vehicle accident.
  • Move your vehicle to safety. It may not always be possible, but if you can get your car to the side of the road it’s something you should try to do.
  • Call 911. This is the best way to ensure that police and an ambulance arrive at the accident scene as quickly as possible.
  • Don’t do anything until help arrives, especially if you are dealing with an injury. Moving around could make things worse on you.
  • Document the accident. From taking pictures to exchanging insurance information, you should never overlook the importance of this step.

Many people make the mistake of rushing through the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. They want to put this in the past as quickly as possible, so they exchange information and drive off. You don’t want to make this mistake.

It’s easy to believe you are fine, but many people later find that they are dealing with pain or discomfort as a result of the accident.

A motor vehicle accident is a big deal, so you should treat it as such. By doing so, you’ll better understand your legal rights and the steps you can take as you deal with the aftermath of the crash. Your health is always top priority, but you also need to understand your rights for receiving compensation from the negligent party.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Jeffrey R. Smith

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Robert B. Waldsmith

Robert J. Waldsmith

Partner, 1999

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