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Steps to take immediately after a car accident

Being in a car accident can be an upsetting experience, but it can be important to take steps to document what has happened before anything changes or people begin to forget how it occurred. The first step for people in Wyoming should be remaining calm and determining whether anyone needs emergency care.

If no one needs care or if it is being given, the person should begin documenting the accident. This includes photographs and witness accounts as well as the person's own account. Witnesses and other people involved in the accident may have versions that differ, but all accounts should simply be recorded neutrally. When taking photos, special attention should be paid to property damage and any skid marks. Cars should not be moved until after law enforcement arrives if it is possible.

Law enforcement should be able to provide a copy of the accident report. A person should not admit blame to others involved in the accident or to law enforcement. Car accident details should only be discussed with the insurance company and law enforcement. The person may also want to talk to an attorney.

Documentation should include a person's own account of the accident. Any injuries, including minor aches, should be noted as well since these may sometimes indicate a more serious condition.

Traumatic brain injury and whiplash are both examples of injuries that do not always produce symptoms immediately. The driver who is at fault in the accident, whether it is a result of distracted driving, driving under the influence or another error, may be liable for the injured person's expenses. However, the driver's insurance company may try to avoid paying needed compensation to an injured person by arguing that these injuries are unrelated to the accident. An attorney might be helpful in this situation.

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