What is the first thing I should do after a car accident?

Call 911 – see a doctor.

If someone requires emergency medical care, paramedics should be called without delay.

Any concerns of lesser importance may be taken care of once help is on the way. If you feel that you’ve suffered an injury, your first and foremost concern should be your health.

Even if you believe that no one is seriously hurt, calling the police to the accident site is important for any accident. After the police and/or paramedics are in route to the scene, you should wait for them to arrive so they can help exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers/witnesses involved.

Make sure to exchange contact information, including vehicle description and insurance information, with the other driver.

If I don’t feel that I am hurt very badly after a car accident, do I have to see a doctor?

Even though you may not feel pain or see an injury immediately after an accident, after the initial shock wears off, you may start feeling it. You see what is on the outside, a doctor may see injuries that are internal and sometimes serious injuries that are not apparent to you. That “little” pain or ache may be the sign of something more serious, and only a doctor can determine that.

You should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Never wait more than seven days following an accident, even if you feel “a little bit of pain” and think it will resolve on its own. You must document all injuries and pain or the insurance company will not believe you were hurt as a result of the accident.

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