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Car Crash Protocol: What are the immediate steps you should take?

Common as though they may seem, car crashes and their consequences are incredibly frustrating to deal with. Auto insurance policies, health insurance limitations, body shop repairs and seeking medical care are all steps one likely has to take upon suffering a car accident. But what comes first, and what should you do first?

  1. Call the police or any other necessary emergency services.

First thing's first: if someone is injured in a car accident it is of paramount importance to immediately call 911 and state what has happened and where. At this point in time exchanging insurance information and marking down each other's personal details are of less concern. 2. File a police report. Hopefully no one involved in the accident is hurt, and it is therefore appropriate to relay the series of events to a police officer who will in turn fill out an accident report to have on file and to aid in securing any necessary insurance claims or proof. 3. Exchange all necessary information. After checking to see nobody is hurt and contacting the authorities, it is then the time to exchange information with all others involved in the crash, regardless of who is technically at fault. You will need all this information to ensure your own insurance experience is smooth and as fair as possible. 4. Take your car into your trusted body shop for inspection. No matter how minor of major the accident may have felt or seemed, it is in your best interest to get your car checked out by a professional. If you do so in a timely manner, you may find internal damage that your insurance or the driver who is a fault's insurance will cover (if found in a timely manner). 5. Take yourself to the doctor for inspection. Much like your car, your body may not seem outwardly harmed or affected by an accident. Nevertheless, you should pay your doctor a visit to undergo an evaluation to ensure there is no internal bleeding or something of a similar manner. 6. Get legal help and advice. It's never a bad idea to have a trusted attorney, who knows their stuff and who boasts a solid reputation, on your side. Call Rhett Hoestenbach, personal injury lawyer, to ensure you go about the whole car accident process correctly and lawfully. Perhaps you just feel overwhelmed or in over your head, or maybe you truly need legal representation to take on your case. No matter the reason, you deserve to have this team on your side.

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