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6 steps to handle a car accident

Imagine driving through Myrtle Beach, your go-to home-away-from-away during the long cold winter months. The light at the upcoming intersection is red, so you come to a nice, gentle stop. When it turns green, you slowly accelerate and move into the intersection. Unfortunately, another driver comes from the street to the right, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he has a red light. The next thing you know, you are spinning around in the middle of the intersection. You have just been in a car accident. Now what?

The first moments after a car wreck can be stressful, hectic and confusing. You may be wondering what to do next. Should you call the police? Should you check on the other driver? Should you even get out of your car? The following steps can provide a guide for what you should do after a car crash.

Self-assess

Check yourself for injuries, even minor bumps and bruises. If you need to, call 911 or ask someone for help. If you think your injuries are serious, stay as still as possible and wait for an ambulance to arrive.

Check your passengers

If you were traveling with passengers, check them for injuries as well. Again, if the injuries are serious, call for help.

Move to a safe location

If you can, get to a safe location far enough from the road that is out of the way of moving traffic. If you can drive your car, pull it over to the side of the road so that it does not contribute to another accident.

Call 911 or the police

Even if the accident seems minor, you should call the police. When it comes time to file a claim for the accident, your car insurance company and the at-fault driver's insurer will more than likely require a copy.

Exchange contact information

If possible, exchange information with the other driver. This includes name, phone number and insurance information. Also, be sure to note the make, model, color and license plate of the other vehicle as well as the location and time of the accident.

Take pictures, get copies and talk to witnesses

Do whatever you can to document the incident. This includes taking pictures of the accident scene, the damage to both vehicles and your injuries. Also, get contact information and statements from witnesses. You should also get the names of the responding officers.

The above steps are a must when you are involved in a car accident with a negligent driver. By following them, you can increase your chances of filing a successful claim for damages.

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