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The Next Steps After an Auto Accident

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Nobody wants to think about the fact that at any point while driving in your car, you might get into a minor or major car accident. But ignoring this possibility, as you know, does little to alter the high likelihood that at some point you will probably either collide into another car or your car will be hit by someone else.

Because it is bound to happen, it is in your interest — and the well-being of the people who ride in your car — to be prepared for the inevitable car accident. The collision could happen tomorrow, or it could happen ten years from now. Either way, there is no reason to not brush up on your post-accident checklist today.

While I am not an auto safety expert, nor do I have experience as an emergency official, I do have a lot of research under my belt about the steps to take after a car accident. In this article, I will share this information so you can best protect yourself, your loved ones, and your financial well-being:

Safety first

Of course, the immediate step to take after a car accident is to check to see if your body is functioning and okay. If you need medical assistance, then disregard any other problems except, maybe, the needs of others whose injuries are more severe than yours. If you or another person involved in the crash are injured, then the first step is to call for an ambulance or to make arrangements to seek immediate medical care.

As the experienced auto accident personal injury lawyers at Portner Bond, PLLC attest, seek medical care for even the smallest of injuries. That is because, as I will discuss in the following section, documenting details about car accidents


If you are not in need of medical assistance, then the next step to take after an auto accident is to document everything that you can! That means to take pictures and videos — using your phone camera is perfectly fine — of the following:

  • Damage to vehicles, structures, and objects
  • Road conditions, such as skid marks, potholes, lane closures, or other factors that could contribute to the accident
  • Weather conditions, such as heavy rains, dense fog, or other factors that could prevent safe driving

This information could be crucial to understanding why a collision took place or who is at fault for the wreck.

Calling the police

Another form of documentation that could be a crucial step in the auto accident personal injury lawsuit process is a police report. Most judges and juries find police officers, rightfully so, to be impartial third parties. So official police documentation of a crash and a crash site can be insightful to negotiations or lawsuits.

Call the police as soon as possible after a car accident. Once they are at the scene of the crash, you should discuss the incidents leading up to the crash. Be honest and be concise; explaining too much or rambling could lead to an inaccurate or useless report.

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