Being in a car crash is an unpleasant experience. Even if you experience only minor injuries, an accident can leave you confused and shaken up; so much so that it can be difficult to know what actions to take. Should you call the police? Should you contact an attorney? Should you go right to the emergency room? Or should you just go home after exchanging insurance information with the other driver(s) involved? This article will describe some general best practices for what to do immediately after a car accident.
First thing’s First, Treat your Injuries
The most important thing to worry about after your auto accident is your personal health, and the health of the others involved in the crash. If you are severely injured, seek medical help immediately. Call an ambulance, or have someone drive you if they are able.
If your injuries are not life-threatening, go see an injury physician right after you exchange insurance information with the other involved drivers. If you are OK and someone else is injured, help him or her get to an injury physician. Even if you have no immediately recognizable symptoms after your accident, make an appointment to see a doctor who can diagnose and treat any hidden conditions such as a concussion or brain injury.
After you have addressed your injuries, then (and only then) you can think about the other issues associated with the accident – whether it’s dealing with insurance companies, legal issues, or something else. Your health and safety, as well as that of the other people involved in the accident, should be your top priority. If you are involved in an automobile accident, visit a qualified injury physician immediately.