Refresher: Steps to take after a car wreck

When you get into a car wreck, the emotions that you feel might be overwhelming. Stress and adrenaline might make it impossible to remember what you should do next. One of the best ways that you can take the appropriate steps is to review them before you are ever involved in one. You might even want to make a short list to keep in your vehicle, so you can refer to it if you are in a crash.

One of the first things that you need to do is check the people in your car for injuries. When you contact emergency services, you will need to let them know if you need only the police or if you need police and an ambulance. Knowing a bit about the injuries can help at that point.

As you speak about what happened, make sure that you aren't taking any of the blame for the wreck. It doesn't matter who was at fault, statements like "I'm sorry" can be misconstrued as an admission of fault. In the event you opt to pursue a claim for compensation, those statements can come back to cause problems. For you.

Try to get all information about the accident that you can. This includes getting the other party's identifying, contact and insurance information. You also need witnesses' contact information and possibly pictures of the scene and damage to the vehicles. These can all come in handy if you seek compensation. Of course, you might not be able to get them if you are seriously injured, but your health must be the focus.

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