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Your motor vehicle accident action guide

Every time you get behind the wheel, you realize that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident. While you do your best to remain safe, other drivers don't think twice about breaking the law and putting others in harm's way.

This is why it's so important to have a motor vehicle accident action guide in place. In other words, you need to know exactly what you should and shouldn't do if you are part of a crash.

With this knowledge, you'll find it much easier to take action if you're ever in this compromising position.

Here are the basic steps you should take:

  • Check yourself for injuries. There is nothing more important than this, as your health and well-being should always come first. If you have any type of injury, you need to receive immediate medical attention.
  • Call 911. This will speed up the process of police and an ambulance arriving at the scene. Even if you're feeling okay after the crash, you don't want to take any risks with your health.
  • Move your vehicle to safety. If possible, you should move your car to the side of the road. This gets you out of harm's way, which reduces the likelihood of another accident.
  • Document the accident. This should include your version of what happened, photos of the scene and your injuries, and contact information for any witnesses. You can also exchange insurance information with the other party.
  • Notify your insurance company. While it's important to notify your insurance company of your accident, you don't want to say too much early in the process.

Once you receive medical treatment, you can turn your attention to the accident itself. If another person caused the crash, such as by texting and driving, you're in better position to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

By understanding the events surrounding the crash and your legal rights, you will feel better about your ability to put everything in the past as soon as possible.

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