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What You Should Do if You Get Into a Car Crash

What to do immediately after a car accident

No one wants to be in a car accident, but it happens to most drivers at one point or another. And with winter still hanging around Wisconsin, the chances of an accident are too big to ignore. If you have managed to avoid an accident or have not had one for a long time, you might have forgotten what to do after one happens.

At the Scene

If possible, move the cars to the side of the road, or at least as far to the side as possible. Call emergency services (911), and let the dispatcher know if anyone appears to be injured. Do not state that everyone is definitely fine as smaller injuries often don’t show up until after the shock of the accident has worn off. Even if no one has any apparent injuries, ask the police to come out and take a report. Do trade insurance information. Do not say the accident was your fault, even if you think it was obvious that it was. If you have a camera with you, even a phone camera, take pictures of your car, the other party’s car, and any other damage or items associated with the accident.

After You Leave

After you leave the scene of the accident, get medical attention if you’re definitely injured; if you’re not, contact your insurance agent and give them the other party’s insurance information and the police incident number, if you have it (you may have to call the police department after a few days to get the actual report). Monitor how you feel over the next few days, and don’t be surprised if you notice bumps or bruises the next day. Keep all of your receipts and records, from car repair to medical appointments and testing.

Because no two accidents are the same, your exact course of action can vary slightly. In some cases, insurance companies can be reluctant to pay out, or you could find yourself filing a lawsuit. Should you end up going to court, contact Eisenberg Law Offices for help.