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Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be a tricky business. While a person is

never fully prepared for these types of circumstances, having a general sense of purpose and

order can alleviate any overwhelming feelings of chaos. There’s a lot to be done after a car

wreck, and we’re here to guide you through the steps that should be taken immediately after the

incident. While this list is not entirely comprehensive by any means, it will help victims get a

firm grasp on their situation. Contact an attorney to learn more.

1. Record Notes & Take Pictures. It’s crucial that you do this as soon as possible after the

accident. The longer you wait to record what you remember, the more likely it is that you’ll

become confused and forget important details. Also, before anything else, take pictures of the

scene from every angle. This will be essential for future insurance claims, should you decide to

pursue that course of action.

2. Inform the Authorities. Let the police know that there’s been an accident. An official police

report will further aid in your future insurance claims.

3. Check for Injuries. After an accident, it’s important to check yourself and any other victims for

injuries. You may need to call a medical team and an ambulance if the injuries are severe.

Otherwise, just get yourself checked out by a doctor soon after the incident.

4. Get Off the Road. After you’ve taken plenty of pictures, remove your vehicle from the middle

of the road, if possible. Pull off to the side of the road and safely wait for the authorities to arrive.

If the car is totaled or there are serious injuries and you are unable to move the vehicle, allow the

police to handle the flow of traffic.

5. Exchange Information. This includes other parties involved, as well as potential witnesses to

the event. You should get their name, address, phone numbers, and insurance information.

6. Contact an Attorney. An attorney presence can be a tremendous help, especially for those

who’ve never had to deal with this before. An attorney can ensure that you collect all the


evidence you need in the form of pictures, notes, and statements to make a solid insurance claim

at a later date.

If you’re in an automobile accident, don’t hesitate to contact our offices here at Wayne

Hardee Law. Our attorneys can negotiate, settle, or even file claims in court on your behalf. We

look forward to fighting for you!