What will you do after a motor vehicle accident?

What will you do after a motor vehicle accident?

A motor vehicle accident can bring a lot of unwanted challenges into your life. If you are injured as a result, you will be faced with a recovery process that can last for many months or longer.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your mind will be racing. This is why it is important to know in advance which steps you should take. Here is what you should do:

— Move your vehicle to a safe area, such as the shoulder of the road, if possible.

— Stop your vehicle and exit with caution.

— Check to see if others are injured. This includes your passengers as well as those in other vehicles.

— Contact the police and EMS.

— Gather information from the other driver, including his or her insurance details.

— Document the scene. In addition to taking photos, ask police how you can get a copy of their report.

— Contact your insurance company.

These are all steps you can take if you are uninjured. Conversely, if you suffer an injury, you should put all this on hold for the time being. Your health is more important than anything else.

These are the basic steps you should attempt to follow if you are in a motor vehicle accident. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to do other things along the way.

The safety and well being of everybody involved is priority number one. Once you are treated, you can then consider your options for repairing damage to your vehicle and recovering compensation.

Source: Esurance, “Car accidents” accessed Mar. 04, 2015

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