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What steps should you take after an auto accident?

Every year, drivers throughout the country are involved in car accidents that cause serious injuries and claim lives. These incidents continue to occur for various reasons, from poor road conditions to traffic congestion and reckless negligence.

If you were hit by a drunk or negligent driver, you may be wondering what to do next. First of all, car accident victims should be careful to move forward properly. After ensuring that everyone in the vehicle is safe from further harm, those who have suffered injuries should be carefully tended to and medical attention should be sought right away.

Next, law enforcement officials should be contacted so an officer can write a formal accident report (document the officer's name and badge number in case the insurance company requests it later on). If anyone witnessed the crash, they may be able to corroborate your story in court if you decide to take legal action, so you should write down their contact information as well. You should also exchange personal information with the driver of the other vehicle (names, phone numbers, insurance information, etc.).

A write-up on FindLaw.com discussed some of the other steps that should be taken in the aftermath of a car accident, such as taking pictures of your vehicle following the collision. This photographic evidence will not only help an insurance adjuster assess the damage, but could bolster your case in the courtroom.

Finally, many people turn to a legal professional to ensure that their rights are protected after a car crash. Making your way through the legal system can be complicated, especially if your life has been turned upside down after an auto accident. Although this information is not intended to be taken as legal advice, these steps can help ensure that car accident victims get the justice they deserve.

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