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Do you know how to handle a car accident?

What you do in the first few hours after a car accident can have a significant impact on the outcome. In 2016, there were 269 fatal motor vehicle collisions in West Virginia, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. Many motor vehicle collisions occur daily in the Wheeling area where the victims sustain nonlife-threatening injuries.

Car accidents often happen in a moment's notice. No matter how good of a driver you are, you should learn what to do after a car accident. Here is a brief overview of steps you should take. 

Stay calm 

Your first reaction after impact may be to panic and become angry. Now is not the time for you to give in to those emotions. Try to stay calm so you can think logically about the things you must do next. 

Are there injuries? 

Check everyone in the car, including yourself for injuries. Call the police right away to report the incident. Try to stay on the phone with them until they arrive. If the driver of the other vehicle seems angry or menacing, remain in your vehicle until help arrives. Do not forget to turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights. 

Make a police report 

Once the police arrive, you might have to give a statement about the accident. Do not admit to anything. It is acceptable for you to limit what you say. If you are not sure about what you can say, call your attorney for guidance. 

Get medical treatment 

It is normal to feel a little sore and shaken up after a car accident. Seek out medical attention to rule out injuries. If injuries are present, immediate treatment can reduce the discomfort and pain and establish evidence for an injury claim. 

Car accidents are never easy to get over. If you experience difficulties after a collision that interferes with your health and lifestyle, an attorney can offer support and guidance.

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