What do I do after an accident?

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If you’ve been injured in an accident, your first priority should be to get medical attention. Even if you feel fine in the moment, you could be experiencing shock or have an injury that won’t become symptomatic until later.

In addition to medical attention, calling first responders will get a police officer out to take statements from you and the other party. This testimony will become important evidence in your case. Other evidence you can collect includes photos and videos of the scene, as well as witnesses’ contact information.

However, what you should not do includes admitting fault or apologizing, or for that matter even speaking to the other party. Anything you say after an accident can be used against you in a later claim or lawsuit. If you think the other party is at fault, set up a consultation with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. The first consultation is nearly always free.