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What should you do after an auto accident?

If you’ve been in a car accident in Montana, you may not know how to react. This is especially true if there were injuries, whether the crash was serious or a minor fender bender.

There are a few steps you can take after an accident that may protect you both legally and physically. The following tips are provided by State Farm insurance, and detail the most effective actions you can take immediately following a car crash:

  • If the accident was minor, drive your vehicle to safety in a nearby spot away from traffic, such as on the shoulder or a side street.
  • Call the police no matter how minor the crash was. A police report may help to protect your rights if the other driver was at fault, especially if there is property damage.
  • Check to see if anyone is injured. Call an ambulance if you are unsure about the severity of anyone’s injuries. If your injuries are mild, be sure to see a doctor within the next couple of days, since even mild injuries can develop complications.
  • Be calm and courteous when speaking to others involved in the accident, but don’t admit fault. Even something as seemingly innocent as saying you’re sorry can result in legal implications later on.
  • Document the accident, including taking notes, getting pictures of the crash scene and exchanging insurance information with the other driver.
  • Don’t discuss the accident too much with anyone other than law enforcement and your insurance agent. Don’t sign any document that is not related to your insurance company or the police.

It can also be invaluable to prepare for an auto accident before one occurs. For example, you may want to print a card with your medical insurance information, doctors’ contact information and medical conditions in case you are incapacitated in a crash.

The content in this blog is to provide you with information on what to do before and after a crash, but should not be taken as legal advice.

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