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Things to do immediately after a car accident

With the first week of 2014 had terrible weather and challenging driving conditions in North Carolina. While the frigid air is easing, the specter of ice related accidents will go down, but as the year goes along, it is projected that many more car accidents will occur.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 10.6 million accidents occur each year. Moreover, there are countless other accidents that are not reported to insurance agencies or law enforcement. Because of this, we find it important to remind our readers of some of the basic steps they should take in the moments after a car accident has occurred. 

Think about safety first – For people involved in a crash, making sure everyone is okay is paramount. After that, it is critical to stay out of (or get out of) harm’s way. If your vehicle can function, try to get to a safe place. If you are marooned in traffic, stay in your vehicle until help arrives.

Take pictures – It is also helpful to take pictures with your cellphone camera of the scene. In fact, some insurers have apps that allow you to upload pictures directly to them while starting a claim. Pictures also help in preserving elements that could be quickly lost.

Be careful of what you say – Try to avoid admissions about fault, or what you did (or were doing) right before the accident. Facts should be proven and not admitted to without a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

If you have additional questions about what you should do after an accident, an experienced lawyer can help.

Source: KCRA.com, “What you should do after a car accident,” January 6, 2014

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