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I've been in a car accident. What should I do?

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I've been in a car accident. What should I do?


The aftermath of a car crash can be one of the most difficult times that a family has to face. There are so many moving parts involved and often issues that people have never dealt with. In such cases, it is often imperative for accident victims to act quickly in order to preserve their interests and ensure that they and their loved ones get the medical attention that they need to recover. In all of these cases, many people often feel that they have to do something.

There are certainly valuable moves that a crash victim can take, namely contacting a skilled auto accident attorney as soon as possible, but there are also many paths to avoid. Most people are tired and frenetic after a crash; exhausted from the incident itself, talking to the police and tangling with insurance companies; and replaying the accident over and over again in their heads. In such a situation, it is difficult to properly assess the way forward.

This is why it is important to remember your rights in the aftermath of a crash. There are many people that would benefit from any mistakes you make. That is why you should never make a statement of guilt, even if you think you may have been at fault for the accident. Such a statement can leave you liable in court or prevent you from recovering from an insurance company.

It is also vital to not say too much to the insurance adjuster, who is looking for ways to prevent paying out and honoring their policy. It is often necessary to only speak to such companies or other drivers involved in the accident with the advice of your attorney.

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