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5 steps to keep you on track after a car crash

If you are part of a car crash, you may immediately feel like your life has been turned upside down. This is particularly true if you're dealing with injuries and/or major damage to your vehicle.

Despite all the stress, there are a few key steps you can take after a crash to keep you on track:

  • Check yourself and passengers for injuries: This is priority No. 1, as your health is the one thing you can't buy.
  • Move to safety: If your vehicle is capable, move as far off the road as possible. Doing so reduces the likelihood of being part of another accident.
  • Call 911: Unless police arrive before you have a chance to do so, you'll want to call 911. If there are any injuries, make it clear that you need an ambulance.
  • Document the accident: In addition to exchanging information, write down your events of what happened. You can also take photos of your injuries and damage to your vehicle.
  • Contact your insurance company: You may not be able to do this right away, especially if you're heading straight to the hospital, but don't wait too long to make the call.

Being part of a car crash will bring many challenges to your life, some of which can be frustrating at times. As you work closely with your insurance company, do whatever it takes to obtain the compensation you deserve as outlined in your policy. Furthermore, never lose sight of anything you can do to hold the negligent driver responsible for causing the accident.

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