• What steps should I take after a car accident?

Car accidents can happen so quickly that the impact of the collision may cause victims to feel confused, upset, or overwhelmed. In the aftermath of an accident, it is hard to know what to do next. Be prepared for what to do in the aftermath of a car collision by following these steps:

  1. Under Michigan law, drivers must stop immediately after an accident. They must move their vehicles out of the way of traffic, but only if it is safe to do so without causing further damage to the cars.
  2. Even in a minor crash, call 911. Check to be sure everyone involved is out of immediate danger and see who needs immediate medical attention.
  3. Someone who is not injured should take pictures of the accident scene and the surroundings.
  4. Exchange contact information, registration number, driver’s license, vehicle owner’s information with the other motorist(s) involved in the accident. Unless it is unsafe, any driver involved in a car accident who leaves the scene may face jail time, a fine, or both.
  5. Speak to any witnesses of the accident and exchange information with them.
  6. Even if the accident was minor, seek medical attention. Many injuries may not manifest right away. Keep all receipts from doctor visits, medications, and treatments.
  7. Obtain the police report of the accident. Check that all the information is accurate and correct.
  8. Inform your insurance company of the accident. Do not speak to the other driver’s insurance company without a lawyer.
  9. Contact an attorney to advise you about your rights to compensation for your injuries and damage to your vehicle.
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