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Overlooked tips to follow after a car accident

If you are involved in a car accident, it can be difficult to remain calm and make all the right decisions. You are likely to be shaken up. Furthermore, there is a chance that you or somebody in your vehicle could be injured.

While most people understand the importance of exchanging insurance information with the other driver, there are additional tips you should follow in the event of a motor vehicle accident in North Carolina.

-- You should never sign a document until you are 100 percent sure of what you are agreeing to.

-- Take notes and snap photos; this can come in handy as you attempt to get the damages covered.

-- Don't speak out. There is no reason to get into a verbal altercation with another driver. Furthermore, you should never admit fault.

-- Stick to the facts. If you are speaking with police, for example, discuss the facts and nothing else. Let your insurance company advise you on what to say in the future.

-- Don't leave the scene of an accident if police are on the way. You are better off waiting around, ensuring that you have your say in what is included in the police report.

These tips are often overlooked. For example, there are situations when a person says the wrong thing to police.

It is hard to keep your cool after a motor vehicle accident, but you need to do so for a number of reasons. And remember, if you are injured you should not wait a single minute to call for medical assistance.

Source: State Farm, "What to Do After an Auto Accident," accessed June 11, 2015

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