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What steps should I take immediately following PA car accident?

When getting behind the wheel of a motor-vehicle, it is a reality of life that everything may not go according to plan. It is possible that one could be involved in a motor-vehicle accident in which they themselves or their passengers are injured. While the possibility of this happening is slim, the outcome is potentially serious. For this reason, it is great to be aware of the next steps to take after a PA car accident.

First and foremost, always stay at the scene or very near the scene of an accident. It is against the law to leave the scene prematurely, but it also gives you a chance to complete the next steps. For everyone's health and safety, make sure you and your passengers have not suffered severed injuries. If medical attention is required, be sure to prioritize this over anything else. If you have suffered severe property damage or injury, be sure to contact the police to check on the situation and to begin a police report.

If you aren't seriously injured, see if you can get information from any witnesses and exchange personal and insurance information with the other driver or drivers involved in the automobile accident. Also, be sure to inform your insurance company of the car accident. There are many steps one may decide to take after this point, but it depends on any injuries or damages sustained in the car accident. If it is suspected that another driver was negligent for damages or car accident injury, it is in the injured's best interest to determine if the suspicion hold any weight.

A full investigation can help to discover if negligence is in fact found on behalf of another party. Finding proof of this negligence can take some real detective work. However, all of this work can pay off in the form of compensation. This compensation can be crucial to paying for medical expenses and other losses related to car accident injury.

Source: injury.findlaw.com, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed February 13, 2017

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