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How do I protect myself after a car accident?

A car accident is a traumatic event for any Massachusetts resident to live through, especially if someone has been hurt. The whirlwind of emotions and confusion that follow a crash can make it difficult to think straight and know what to do. Still, understanding the steps to take immediately after an accident can help to get you and your family through this difficult time.

There are several steps that State Farm has listed, which can help you after a car accident:

  • If possible, move your vehicle out of the way of oncoming traffic.
  • Even if the accident is a small fender-bender, contact the police and your insurance company.
  • If someone is seriously hurt, call an ambulance right away. Even if the injuries seem minor and you decide not to get immediate help, be sure to see a doctor within the next few days. Sometimes minor injuries can worsen over time.
  • Don’t leave the accident scene until police say it is OK to do so.
  • Talk to witnesses and take notes on what they saw about the incident. Record their contact information if possible.
  • Take pictures of the damage on the vehicles involved, which can help during the accident investigation as well as your insurance claim.

Additionally, never admit fault, even if you think you were the one responsible for the crash. Saying you’re sorry may end up holding you liable. This matter is best resolved by law enforcement and insurance agencies.

If you find yourself hospitalized without being able to take any of the above steps, don’t panic. A family member or trusted friend can be your advocate while you recover. It may help to put a card in your glove compartment with details such as your medical and insurance information and emergency contacts, as well as a list of the above tips and other helpful notes. This post is meant for informational purposes and should not be taken as legal advice.

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