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What should you do after a car crash?

If you have never been involved in a car accident, you hope that you never find yourself in this position in the future. Unfortunately, you know that this may not be the case. You know that you could be involved in a crash when you least expect it

Rather than deal with this situation if it comes around, it's best to be prepared. Here are some of the things you should do if you're involved in a motor vehicle accident:

-- Remain calm. Even if you are injured and scared, do your best to remain calm until help arrives.

-- Check for injuries. If you've suffered any type of injury, don't wait to contact an ambulance. The sooner you receive treatment the better off you will be.

-- Move to a safe place. This may not always be possible, but if you can move your car to the shoulder of the road it would be in your best interest to do so.

-- Contact the police. The primary reason to do this is so that the officer can create a report. This will work in your favor when seeking compensation in the future.

After you've been treated and after you've had time to assess the accident, you can learn more about your legal rights. For example, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver if he or she acted in a negligent manner.

Understanding your legal rights and moving forward without delay can put you on the path to eventually putting your accident in the past.

Source: State Farm, "What to Do After a Car Accident," accessed Feb. 17, 2017

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