You were in an accident. What should you do?

When a car accident happens, there is a brief moment in the wake of the chaos where the drivers involved have to make an important decision. They must stay at the scene. But those fleeting moments can be filled with fear, anxiety and panic, and in such a state, some drivers choose to flee the scene of the accident. We aren't making excuses for these people. Hit and run accidents are unacceptable. But, there is a tense moment following a car accident that everyone needs to know how to properly handle.

After you crash, take a deep breath and prepare yourself for what you need to do. Stay at the scene and get out of your car (if you are able to). Then, you should check on the other people involved in the crash. Make sure they are okay. If they aren't, call 911 and provide any help they instruct you to provide.

Once that is done, or if everyone involved in the crash is okay, you can go about exchanging information with the participants of the accident. You should also gather as much evidence as you are able to gather on your own. This means taking out your cellphone and snapping some pictures of the scene: the cars, the debris, the intersection, and the street signs near the crash site are all important. If there are witnesses to the crash, you can talk to them to.

If you are considering legal action after the crash or are in need of legal assistance, consult with an attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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