What You Should Do if You Are in A Car Wreck (Part I)

Let’s say that you have taken all of the precautions you can, but you are still in a wreck. What do you do? Depending on the extent of your injuries and the nature of the accident, here is a list of things you should consider doing if you are in a wreck:

  1. First, check yourself for injury. Next, check your passengers for injury. Also, make sure no one in the other vehicle is hurt. Call 911. If someone is injured, do not move them unless they are in danger, i.e. the car is on fire or in danger of being struck by a passing vehicle, the person is not breathing, etc.
  2. Understand where you are and make sure others can see you and your car. Move your car if doing so would be safer.
  3. If you are injured, then you should seek medical care as soon as possible. You should do your best to follow your doctor’s advice. Your failure to seek medical care and follow your doctor’s advice could be very bad for your health and hurt your chances of being fairly reimbursed for your injuries and other losses.
  4. Do not admit fault at the scene. Statements made at the scene can be used as evidence against you. There will be time later to address who was at fault. However, if the accident was your fault, you must tell the truth.
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