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What to do following a car accident

This blog recently discussed a hit-and-run pedestrian accident and it is important to note that hit-and-run accidents can be particularly serious. If involved in a car accident, it is helpful to know what to do following a car accident because the period immediately following one can be stressful and chaotic. To begin with, it is important not to leave the scene of an accident, especially if injuries or fatalities are involved.

When an individual involved in a car accident leaves the scene of an accident, they risk liability for a hit-and-run accident which can include criminal liability. In addition, hit-and-run drivers may be liable to victims for the harm they caused. If a hit-and-run driver is never identified or located, it is useful for car accident victims to be aware that they may still have options to seek compensation through different insurance options.

In addition to remaining at the scene, car accident victims should seek any medical care of treatment they need following the accident. They should also contact the police following a car accident. The authorities called to the scene of the accident will develop a police report concerning the accident. Both the police report and records injured victims should keep of the medical treatment and care they receive following a car accident can be useful if they later decide to pursue a personal injury claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for causing the car accident.

Car accident victims should also exchange information with other parties involved in the car accident, get as much information as possible from witnesses and take photos of the accident whenever possible. Following the proper steps after a car accident can help victims through that difficult time and also help them If they deice to bring a claim for compensation of the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a car accident.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Nov. 9, 2017

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