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Many things to consider after a car accident

When you get into a car accident, your first feelings may be frustration and anger. Many people react this way, so this is nothing to be ashamed of. However, once these feelings burn out, it is critical that you collect your thoughts and prepare yourself to handle a number of important things to ensure you are in the best possible position once all of the dust settles on this car accident.

The most important thing to remember is that you have to remain at the scene of the accident. This may seem like an obvious decision, but some people panic after they get into a car accident and they attempt to flee the scene. This is a criminal act, and it can lead to far harsher punishment than the individual would have faced had he or she just remained at the scene.

After remaining at the scene, be a Good Samaritan. Check on the other people involved in the accident and see if they need medical attention. If so, call 911 and get medical help to your scene as soon as possible. If the accident is not as severe in nature, then you can take photos of the accident scene and comb the area for witnesses who may have seen the wreck.

With your evidence gathered, you can start the process of working with your insurance company. If applicable, and if you have the evidence to support your claims, you could file a lawsuit against the other driver.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Dec. 16, 2015

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