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What to Do After a Car Accident

The aftermath of a car accident can leave you feeling scared and disoriented. You may be injured, or simply feel overwhelmed and not sure what to do.
    LANCASTER, PA, August 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If the accident was due to another driver's negligence, following some basic steps immediately after a car accident can help ensure that both you and your passengers have the information needed to provide a strong legal foundation.

At the Scene
First, assess yourself and other vehicle occupants for injuries. Always contact the police and let them know if emergency medical responders are needed. Cooperate with medical personnel so they can thoroughly evaluate everyone's condition. Even if no one seems seriously hurt at the scene of the accident, it's best to request medical attention following a car accident to check for potentially severe conditions. Symptoms of many serious conditions, such as traumatic brain injury may not manifest right away.

Gathering Information and Working with Police
At any accident, the police are responsible for documenting the circumstances of the accident as accurately and objectively as possible. Always cooperate with police, and be honest and thorough in the information you provide. An accurate and complete police accident report can play a vital role in your claim should you need to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Collect as much information as you can about the circumstances of the accident, and write them down as soon as possible. Include the names, contact details and insurance information for other drivers involved, vehicle makes and models, license plate numbers and VIN numbers of cars involved. Be sure to get the names and contact information for any witnesses. If you can, take photos or video of any injuries and damage. The more details you're able to gather immediately following a car accident, the stronger your claim will likely be.

Insurance Companies

The insurance agency is there to protect the assets of the policy holder, as well as their own shareholders. Be honest and factual with any information you provide, but you should not admit fault to police, your insurance provider or the insurance companies representing other drivers involved in the accident.

To best protect yourself and your passengers, consult a knowledgeable car accident attorney before making any statements or agreeing to any compensation from an insurance company.

Keeping your cool and following these steps will position you for the best outcome for yourself, as well as your passengers if you do need to pursue a personal injury law suit.

If you or a family member were injured in a car accident in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, please visit the website of the car accident attorneys at Atlee Hall, LLP for your free case consultation.


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