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Have you been in a car accident? There are things you need to do

Chances are good that a Cincinnati driver will be involved in at least one car accident during their driving career. Car accidents occur on Cincinnati roads every day. Thankfully, most of them are fender-benders, but occasionally serious car accidents with injuries or even deaths occur. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, what should you do?

First, it is important to stay calm after an accident has occurred. A driver should check with all others who have been in the accident to see if there are any injuries. If medical attention is needed, 911 should be called immediately. If there are no injuries and the cars can be moved, it may be best to move them out of the way so a more serious accident does not occur. Hazard lights should be turned on and the police should be notified that there was an accident.

The police will come to the scene and fill out a report. Information should be exchanged among all drivers. This information should include every driver's name and address, phone number, insurance information, car license information and driver's license numbers. If possible, pictures should be taken of the scene and the damage caused. The driver's insurance company should be called as well and notified of the accident. No driver should admit they are at fault to other drivers.

A person involved in an accident may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. When a person is injured in a car accident, medical bills can quickly accumulate and injuries can take months or even years to heal. A person can be out of work for this time and lose quite a bit of income. In situations like these, an attorney can help their client determine who is responsible for the accident and hold them accountable. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Knowing what to do after a car accident is important in making sure everything goes as well as expected. An attorney who specializes in personal injury has the experience necessary to make sure their client's needs are met both immediately and in the future.

Source: aaa.com, "Auto collision tips", accessed on Nov. 20, 2016

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