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Take these important steps after a car crash

It is extremely scary to be involved in a car crash, especially if you've never been in this position in the past. This holds true even if you are uninjured. With so much going through your mind at this time, it's important that you know which steps to take. This will ensure that you don't make any mistakes that will complicate your situation.

First things first -- never leave the scene of an accident. It's important that you stick around. Not only does this give you the chance to exchange information with other drivers, but you may also be able to converse with police.

In addition to exchanging information with other drivers, don't hesitate to ask witnesses for their names and phone numbers. This could come in handy in the future when you make an insurance claim.

Were you injured in the accident? If so, the steps that you take may not be exactly the same. For example, you may not be able to move from your vehicle. This means you won't be exchanging information and there's nothing wrong with that. Remember this: Your health is more important than anything else.

As long as you focus on your health first and everything else second, you will probably find yourself making all the right decisions. If all else fails, call the police to ensure that they arrive in a timely manner.

Once the dust settles and you begin to learn more, it may be time to take the steps in filing a claim in an attempt to receive compensation for your injuries and damages.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed July 21, 2016

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