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Tips for handling a stressful car wreck

Being involved in a car wreck is an unexpected and traumatic event. Even if you don't think the accident was very serious, there is a chance that significant effects might result from it. You should be as prepared as possible to deal with this situation.

There are some very specific pointers that you should remember. Reviewing these now might help you recall them if you are in a crash. Here are a few important ones for you to think about:

  • Contact the authorities: You never know what injuries and damages you might notice after you leave the scene.
  • Take pictures: If it is safe to do so, get photographs of the scene, the damage to the vehicles, and any injuries you suffered.
  • Get contact information: You need the other driver's license number, insurance information, address and phone number. Get contact information for any witnesses.
  • Take notes: Write down your recollection of the chain of events as soon as possible after the crash.
  • Choose your words carefully: You shouldn't say anything that is going to seem like you are admitting fault. Be sure you are honest when you do make statements.
  • Report the crash to your insurance: Don't sign anything or agree to any settlement until you review the options you have to handle the matter.
  • Remain quiet: Social media is a good platform to let others know what's going on with you; however, don't discuss the accident on these sites.

Your primary goals after the crash are to get medical care if you need it and protect your right to seek compensation. You need to act quickly with your claim so you can work toward a resolution of your case.

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