In the moments after a car accident, be as calm as possible

If you've been unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident in your life, then you know just how debilitating the injuries can be in the aftermath. You are also all-too-aware of the chaos that can unfold in the moments immediately after the car accident. These are some of the most critical moments in the post-accident process, so handling them in a responsible manner is important. So what should you do?

Before you panic and try to flee the scene of the accident, take a deep breath, count to 10, and just relax. You survived the crash and you don't have to get out of your car and start berating the people involved in the crash. That will only escalate the tensions in the situation. And you obviously shouldn't flee the scene -- unless you're interested in handcuffs.

Once you are calm and ready to address the post-accident issues at hand, check on the other people involved in the crash. Are they serious injured? Then call 911 and apply any assistance you can according to the instructions given by the operator on the phone. If the other people involved are okay, calmly discuss the matter and exchange information.

You can then use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene. Get pictures of the debris, the damage to the cars, the intersection that it happened at, any street signs related to the crash, and just the scene in general. You could also talk to any witnesses of the crash and ask if they are willing to go on record with their account.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed April 19, 2018

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