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4 steps you must take immediately after a car accident

After a car accident, it is easy to panic. One minute you are cruising through the beautiful Wisconsin bluffs, and the next minute, you are simply thankful to be alive. If you are in a crash, take a deep breath. You can get through this, but be sure to do these four things right away.

Step 1: Call local authorities.

Police can help facilitate the exchange of important information among involved motorists after a motor vehicle accident. Specifically, it is important to collect insurance information and license plate numbers.

Furthermore, authorities often report vehicle damage that is visibly apparent and make notes about accident conditions. This information can be particularly useful in future claims if a party is negligently liable for the crash.

Step 2: Document the scene.

After you contact authorities, be sure to document the scene, yourself. With the proliferation of iPhones, tablets and other media devices, it is easy to snap a few photographs of the landscape. Take detailed pictures of surrounding areas and any relevant property damage. In the end, you may not need these pictures; however, this evidence could be essential if pertinent legal issues arise.

Step 3: Seek medical treatment.

After the accident, local authorities may dispatch emergency personnel, including Emergency Medical Technicians. As soon as you get your bearings, seek immediate medical attention.

You may feel fine after the collision, and this is normal - especially if you are in shock. However, pain can be deadened by distress experienced after a traumatic event. Do not assume you are free of pain or injury.

Once things begin to settle, you may discover that you have a serious medical problem. Neck, back and head injuries are common after a vehicle collision. Do not wait until it is too late. After the mishap, make an appointment with a medical professional and get the care you need. Also, ensure that any treating physicians document physical or emotional concerns. This information may be relevant if you incur hefty medical expenses.

Step 4: Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Before contacting your insurance company, it helps to speak to a lawyer. If you feel legal ramifications may result from the incident, a professional can help evaluate your case.

Were you injured? Have you acquired medical expenses from accident-related harm? Do you believe someone is at fault for the mishap? Whatever it may be, an attorney can help.

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