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What to Do After a Car Accident

Written By Editor on 2/8/17 | 2/8/17

By Michael Ehline

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The aftermath of a car accident can be among the most difficult circumstances for any family. Faced with a crash, injury, and loss of a vehicle, the trauma can be too much for an individual to handle. This is why it's important to consider what to do in case your family is ever in that situation.

First, it is important to seek medical attention. Too many accident victims think that they feel alright in the immediate aftermath of a crash and then find out later that adrenaline was masking pain.

Secondly, you should always file a police report. This will give you documentation you need about how the accident occurred and should be done as a matter of course.

Thirdly, seek as much information as you can. Document everything. Take photos of the scene, the condition of the car, and if possible interview witnesses. These all help show who may be at fault and if there are any factors in the roadway that helped cause the accident.

Lastly, make sure that you notify the most qualified individuals. Make sure that your insurance company knows what happened but don't accept any offers for settlement before talking to an attorney. A skilled attorney can help you take on this large burden and sort through the legal minefield that may be in front of you. This can be the most important call you make.

Next column we will discuss how a law firm can help get you and your family back on its feet, including paying for medical bills and back pay. See you soon!

Michael Ehline is an expert on auto accident and personal injury law. Michael is the lead attorney at Ehline Law. He can be contacted at

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