No matter how smart you are or how much you like to be prepared, no one’s really ready for a car accident. Even if it seems relatively minor, you’ll likely feel shaken. And if you or someone riding with you does come to serious harm, it’s likely that your focus is going to be on them – not how to handle the car accident itself.
Unfortunately, neglecting to follow proper accident protocol can end up costing you a lot. You don’t want to get into any kind of legal trouble when you didn’t cause the accident in the first place. And you certainly shouldn’t get stuck with an exorbitant medical bill if injuries were caused by the other driver. But both of these things could happen if you make a mistake here.
So what should you do?
The actions you should take after a car crash can really be broken down into two categories: Before Leaving the Scene and After Leaving the Scene.