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First steps to take after a car accident

Cary residents are usually safe and courteous drivers. Unfortunately, almost every driver is involved in a car accident at some point, no matter how careful they are. If a person is involved in a car accident, there are certain steps they should take.

After a car accident occurs, a driver can feel nervous, anxious and scared. The first thing a driver should do is stay at the scene. If a person leaves the scene of an accident, they can face serious criminal penalties. Second, a person should check on all drivers and passengers and make sure they are all right. If there are injuries, make sure to get medical attention. Next, the police should be called to report the accident. They will investigate what happened and create a report. Those who have been in the accident should exchange information, including driver's license numbers and insurance information. Pictures should also be taken, along with witness reports.

A car accident can be a serious situation. Although many car accidents have only mild property damage, occasionally a car accident can cause very serious injuries and even death. In these cases, a family may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can help their client through this confusing situation and navigate the many facets that are involved, including law enforcement, medical professionals and insurance companies. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

A car accident is something no one expects to be involved in. But, when a car accident occurs, it is important to understand what to do to protect everyone involved.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed on April 22, 2018

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