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What should I avoid and what should I do after a car accident?

Your thoughts might be all over the place and confused after you have been involved in a car accident. If you have been injured in an accident that someone else caused, you should make sure that you keep some basic points in mind. Ensuring that you follow the proper steps can help you to preserve your right to seek compensation, as well as helping you to preserve evidence and support your claim.

What should I avoid doing after an accident?

You shouldn't leave the scene of the accident until you are told that it is okay to leave. Of course, if you were injured, you will leave when the ambulance takes you to the hospital. Unless you are required to do so by law, don't move your vehicle. Also, don't get rid of any evidence. If your clothing had blood on it from the accident, hang on to it until you are told by your lawyer that you can dispose of it. Even evidence that seems minor can play a big part in your case.

What should I make sure I do?

The most important thing you can do is to get medical care for your injuries. If possible, you need to collect the other driver's information and the information of any witnesses who remained on the scene. If you were injured in the accident, make sure that you keep track of all medical care you receive. You should also make a record of all work missed if the reason you missed is related to the accident.

Remember, everything you say and do after an accident can have an effect on your claim for compensation. Some of the effects might be positive, but some can be negative.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Dos and Don'ts," accessed Feb. 19, 2016

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