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9 Steps to Take After a Car Accident

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Nobody wishes to be involved in an accident, as the name suggests it is an unfortunate incident that happens unintentionally and may cause harm or injury.  There are many car accidents reported on a daily basis, some are just minor accidents where only the body of the car has been affected and others are too serious causing major injury to the driver and the passengers and in some unfortunate incidents it may cause death.

Most of us are unaware of the right steps to take after causing an accident or being involved in a car accident, here are the steps to follow.

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1.     Stop

Either it is a minor or major car accident, you should never drive away from the scene of the accident.

2.     Check for Any Injuries.

After an accident has happened, please check if everybody is okay. If anybody is injured call the ambulance so that the victim can be taken to the hospital.

3.     Call the Police

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It is advised to call the police whether it is a minor or major accident. This will help you in an insurance claim, the report made by the police officer at the scene will be used by the insurance company when it comes to compensation. You should never move the car unless it is affecting the traffic.

4.     Protect the Scene

To avoid more accidents you should use flares to indicate to the other incoming cars or you can keep flashing the flashers. If it is too dark and you fear the flares and flashers might not be noticed you can stand by the side of the road while using a flashlight to notify the oncoming motorist.

5.     Accurate Documentation

After the police have come to the scene of the accident and the injured have been rushed to the hospital. You should report to the police what really happened, this information should be factual no speculations or lying. If you are not sure of something just tell them you are not sure. Avoid contradiction with the passager or the other person you were involved in the accident with.

6.     Take Pictures

If you have a camera or your phone has a camera, you should take any visible damage caused by the accident. Also if there are visible injuries as a result of the accident you should also ensure you capture that. Taking the picture should not interfere with the police investigation.

7.     Exchange Information

Police will report all the necessary information about the accident but still, it is important for you to take all the necessary information, you should ensure you have the details of the insurance company the car is covered with, also the name, address and the telephone number of the person involved in the accident.

8.     Notify the Insurance Company

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Many insurance companies prefer to be notified by the victim once an accident has occurred for better reporting and cooperation. You can also some basic information such as if they offer any medical insurance.

9.     Claim your Right.

The next time you are involved in an accident remembers these tips to ensure a smooth transition from reporting to compensation. 

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