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Do these things after a car accident

It is important to realize that you could be involved in a car accident at any point. For this reason, don't hesitate to learn what steps to take should you be faced with this situation.

-- Move your vehicle to a safe area. This isn't always possible, such as if you are injured, but it's something you should attempt to do. By moving your vehicle to the shoulder of the road, it's less likely that you'll be involved in another accident.

-- Conduct a health check. During this time, it's imperative that you determine if you have suffered any injuries. Also, check in on any passengers in your vehicle. If you or somebody else has been injured, don't hesitate to contact an ambulance.

-- Call the police. This isn't something you always have to do, as somebody else may call, but you definitely want an officer to visit the scene right away. Even if nobody is injured, the office will fill out a report. This information may come in handy when filing an insurance claim.

-- Gather the necessary information. For example, you want to write down the other person's name, license plate number and insurance details. Also, don't shy away from taking photos of the accident scene, including any damage.

Your health is more important than everything else. If you are injured in any way, don't feel pressured to take any of these steps.

Once you have been treated and feel better about the future, you can then decide which steps to take in order to receive compensation for your injuries and other damage.

Source: Esurance, "car accidents: how to handle one in 7 easy steps," accessed Sep. 05, 2016

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