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First steps following a car accident

When a Pennsylvania resident becomes involved in a car accident, there are many things that may run through his or her mind. A car accident victim may worry about what actions are appropriate; he or she may feel scared and uncertain, maybe even temporarily paralyzed by these overwhelming emotions. Thankfully, there are general guidelines that a car accident victim can follow immediately following a car accident. What's more, attorneys are often available to assist with the legal actions a victim may wish to take some time after a car accident occurs.

First, it is important for car accident victims to remember to stay at the scene of an accident. Failing to do so can no only damage a person's legal case, it can also place that person in danger of breaking the law. It is also important for car accident victims to check on all drivers and passengers. If it is found that someone was injured, it can be important to wait until qualified medical help arrives.

In the case of significant physical injury, property damage, or death, it is important to call the police right away. Victims can ask that a police file a police report and they can take down the badge numbers of the officers involved. It can also be important to exchange information, including names, addresses, numbers, and drivers' license numbers, as well as insurance information with the other drivers involved. Talking to witnesses and informing those insurance companies can also be important steps.

After the dust has settled and a victim is able to leave the scene of a car accident, there may still be some additional steps to take. A victim may wish to pursue legal action if one of the other drivers is suspected to have acted negligently. A successful legal action may allow victims to obtain compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed on March 1, 2016

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