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Steps to take in the wake of a car accident

Recently, this Lexington blog provided an informational post about certain actions individuals should avoid when they are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Many of the suggestions made therein are intended to help individuals protect themselves from potential liability and false claims of responsibility after car accidents have occurred. However, there are a number of steps individuals should take if they are involved in automobile collisions.

First, it is imperative that people who have been involved in crashes seek medical attention for their accident-related injuries. Even if a person does not feel immediate pain after a collision, they can benefit from a medical evaluation to ensure that the have suffered no harm in their ordeal. Going to the doctor after a crash also documents possible injuries suffered by a car accident victim as well as the damages they have incurred.

Second, if no one involved in the accident requires emergency medical care, it is important that the parties exchange information. Important information to collect from other drivers includes, but is not limited to, driver's license numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, insurance company and policy information, license plate numbers, vehicle descriptions and details, and others. Individuals may also wish to take notes on the conditions present at the time of their crashes, such as if there was rain or construction in the area where the crash occurred.

Finally, individuals may consider contacting local authorities about their crashes. When police investigate automobile crashes, they often generate reports that indicate how the drivers were operating their vehicles and possible causes for the collisions. Police reports can be helpful later on if litigation over the accident is pursued.

It can be hard to recover from a motor vehicle accident and the decision to sue can be a difficult one to make. Those individuals who have suffered losses due to other drivers' negligence can evaluate their legal rights with the help of personal injury attorneys in their communities.

Source:Ā FindLaw, "What to Do After a Car Accident That's Not Your Fault," accessed October 3, 2017

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