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What should you do after a car accident?

| Dec 30, 2020 | Car Accidents |

Getting into a car accident in Oklahoma can be very stressful. Remaining calm and trying to stay focused will be helpful whether you’re at fault or not.

What steps should you take after a car accident?

Accidents happen even to cautious drivers. While you might feel stunned or overwhelmed at first, keeping a level head can help you document the wreck more accurately. Many drivers wonder what to do immediately after a wreck. In the aftermath of a car accident, the following steps may help guide you through important decisions you’ll need to make quickly:

  • Check for injuries: Determine whether anyone has injuries and call 911 if needed.
  • Get to safety: If possible, move to a safer location, such as a sidewalk or the side of the road.
  • Exchange information: Get the name and insurance provider of the other driver and offer yours as well.
  • File an insurance claim: Begin the claims process when things are calmer.

What information do you need for insurance purposes?

After a car accident, feeling disoriented or unnerved is completely normal. However, if you’re able to think clearly, gathering additional information from others involved in the accident could be helpful. Try to record information such as vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers, and names and contact information from other drivers and passengers. Record the location and address of the accident. If it’s safe to do so, take photos of any vehicles involved in the incident.

A car accident can leave even the most experienced driver frazzled. Hopefully, the above steps will help protect you from unnecessary stress. A personal injury attorney may help you collect and organize evidence as well as handle the insurance claims process.

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