In September of last year, we wrote a post about how an attorney can help you in the wake of a car accident. Today, we want to talk about how you can help yourself in the moments that immediately follow a car crash.

When you get into a car crash, it is important to stay clam and take a deep breath before checking yourself and making sure you are okay. If you are in need of medical attention, call 911 or call for help from witnesses. If you are okay, then you can proceed.

Get out of your vehicle and check on the other people involved in the crash. Do they need medical assistance? Call 911 and listen to what the emergency operator has to say. If the other people involved in the crash are okay, then you should talk with them in a calm manner. Don’t get upset — this will only exacerbate an already tense situation. Exchange information, including contact info and insurance information.

Then you should gather as much evidence as you can. Take photos of the crash scene and talk to any witnesses who are willing to give a statement. Get their contact info as well. Inform your insurance company about the crash and prepare to deal with them in the coming weeks.

And of course, having an attorney by your side in the wake of a car accident is an important part of the process too.

Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” Accessed Feb. 17, 2017