5 Things You Need to Do Immediately After a Car Accident

by | Sep 14, 2020 | Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents can be devastating for those involved. Nearly one-third of all car accidents result in bodily injuries and one-fifth of all accidents result in death. The pain and suffering following a car accident can seriously impact the course of a person’s life. Recovering from injuries is difficult, and figuring out how to put your life back together may seem nearly impossible.

If you’re ever involved in a car accident, it is essential to know what to do to protect yourself and your assets. Knowing what to do and when can save you time, money, and hurt in the long run. Here, we’re going to take a look at the top five things you should do immediately after a car accident.

1.   Ensure Safety on the Scene

Accidents are always unexpected, and when something unexpected happens on the road, it can often distract other drivers. To prevent further accidents and additional injuries on the scene, it is essential to secure the area. Some ways you can do that include:

  • Moving your vehicle to the side of the road if possible.
  • Exiting and moving away from the vehicles
  • Activating your hazard lights if possible
  • Using a flashlight when you get out of the car if it is dark


Taking these simple precautions will help ensure that you and anyone else involved in the accident stay safe while you figure out what to do next.

2.   Call the Police

As soon as you’ve secured the area and are in a safe place, the first phone call you should make is to the local authorities. During your phone call, you should report the location of the accident, how many cars/what property was involved, and if anyone is injured. If anyone is facing life-threatening injuries, it is important to let the operator know so they can alert the appropriate medical professionals.

3.   Document the Situation

Once you’ve called the police, you should take note of the situation. Recount what happened in your mind and write down any details. If possible, it is also important to take pictures of your vehicle, any other vehicles, and any personal property involved. Photos and documentation will come in handy when you make an official report to the police. It is important to note, however, that you should only provide facts about the accident, not opinions, in your official report. Any misinformation could be used against you.

4.   Seek Professional Medical Attention

Whether you’re severely injured or you think you’re fine, you must seek attention from a medical professional after any accident. Prompt medical care can help you heal quickly after your accident and can also help uncover any hidden injuries. If you are injured, official documentation of those injuries is helpful if you are fighting for a settlement for your car accident injuries or choose to file a civil lawsuit against the other party involved.

5.   Fight for Your Rights

Car accident victims can receive compensation for their injuries. The best way to know what type of financial compensation you are entitled to according to the law is to hire a trusted attorney who will fight for you. Financial settlements for car accident injuries often include:

  • Medical payments
  • Lost wages
  • Future loss of wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical rehabilitation


Secure an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident to start fighting for the settlement you deserve.

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If you have been involved in a car accident, you need the help of a trusted attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable attorney will fight for you to win financial compensation for your car accident injuries.

The attorneys at the Michigan Legal Center specialize in representing clients injured in auto accidents. With more than 20 years of experience and more than $200 million worth of legal cases, we consider it our job to fight for the residents of Michigan. Our team is here to answer any questions and offer advice on the necessary steps to receive compensation after you were injured in an accident or to protect yourself after assisting an accident victim. Call 1-800-961-8477 or contact us online for your free consultation.

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