New drivers: Keep these 6 tips in mind after a car accident

You're young and a new driver, so you don't have a lot of experience with collisions. What should you do if you're hit? Here are some tips to follow.

1. Check on your passengers and others involved in the collision

Your first thought after a crash isn't likely to be about your insurance or the damage to your vehicle. No, instead you'll worry about the people in your vehicle and yourself, the other driver and his or her passengers. It's important to check on the status of each person involved in the collision if you are able to do so. If there are injuries, it's time to get medical help.

2. Avoid panicking

Don't panic if you're injured or if someone else you know is. Don't threaten the other driver for hitting you, and stay in your vehicle if you are able. It's important to keep a cool head while you await a medical team.

3. Get medical help

Whether or not you believe injuries occurred, call for medical help. Some injuries take time to appear, like bruising, and others don't show up until hours or days later thanks to the adrenaline you have coursing through your body. A thorough medical checkup helps keep you safer and gives you documentation for a claim against the dangerous driver.

4. Call the police

When you call for medical assistance, the police should also arrive. If you decide not to call for medical assistance, still call the police and have them come to the scene. They have the ability to take a police report, which helps determine fault and gives you ammunition for a claim against the negligent driver.

5. Exchange information

If both you and the other driver are able to talk and have no serious injuries, make sure to exchange information. You should collect the driver's insurance information, license plate number, driver's license number, phone number, email address, home address and any other information you can collect. This information makes it easier to get ahold of the driver when you're ready to make a claim. Additionally, if there are witnesses at the scene, take the time to get their information as well.

6. Take photographs

Finally, take photographs. It's important to take photos at the scene of yourself and injuries you suffered, damage to your vehicle and the crash itself. This photo evidence may be helpful when you make a claim and speak to your attorney.

Your attorney can use the above information to assist you in making a claim or filing a lawsuit if necessary.

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