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How to handle the aftermath of an accident

Being involved in a car accident is something that we usually don’t expect to happen. Because of this, it can leave you in shock or surprise you. It can also be hard to maintain your composure and think clearly when the adrenaline from the crash is flowing through you. Fortunately, there are many tips that motorists can follow to help them after the accident.

Four things to do after a crash

The aftermath of a collision can feel like a blur, but if you stay focused and take these necessary actions, everything should work out:

  • Call the police: The first thing you should do after the accident is call the police. They will arrive on the scene and start to collect evidence of the incident. They will also create a report that could be beneficial when filing an insurance claim.
  • Get the other driver’s information: You will also want to get the other person’s car insurance information. This will help you when contacting your own company about the collision.
  • File a report: If anyone was hurt during the crash, or if the damage amounts to $1,000 or more, California requires you to submit a report within ten days.
  • Collect evidence: If you are able to walk without any pain, you might want to collect any evidence from the scene. This includes taking pictures of both cars, the crash site and speaking with witnesses if there are any.

Don’t hesitate to take action after an accident. Waiting to file a claim with your car insurance provider can cause you to forget pertinent information and delay the entire process. If you need any legal assistance during this time, you may want to speak with a seasoned attorney.

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