What To Do After a Car Accident

a woman looking at her phone next to a wrecked car

If you are involved in an auto accident, it is important to take certain steps to ensure your safety and protect your legal rights. Here are some steps to take after a car accident:

  1. Check for injuries: The first and most important step is to check for injuries. If anyone is injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so immediately. Do not move anyone who is seriously injured unless it is absolutely necessary.
  2. Move to a safe area: If possible, move your vehicle to a safe area to avoid further accidents. If your vehicle is not drivable, turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.
  3. Call the police: Even if the accident is minor, it is important to call the police. The police will create an accident report, which can be used as evidence if you need to file a claim with your insurance company or pursue legal action[1].
  4. Exchange information: Exchange information with the other driver, including names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance information, and vehicle information. Be sure to take photos of the damage to both vehicles[2].
  5. Document the accident: Take photos of the accident scene, including the damage to both vehicles, any skid marks or debris on the road, and any traffic signs or signals. Write down the names and contact information of any witnesses[3].
  6. Contact your insurance company: Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident. Be honest and accurate when describing the accident and provide all the information that they require[4].
  7. Seek medical attention: Even if you do not feel injured, it is a good idea to seek medical attention after an accident. Some injuries, such as whiplash and concussions, may not be immediately apparent[5].

In conclusion, if you are involved in an auto accident, it is important to stay calm and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and protect your legal rights. By following these steps, you can help ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and damages. Henderson Law is available to discuss your potential case with you.


  1. https://www.aarp.org/auto/driver-safety/what-to-do-after-a-car-accident.html
  2. https://www.progressive.com/answers/what-to-do-after-car-accident/
  3. https://www.statefarm.com/claims/auto/how-to-handle-an-accident
  4. https://blog.nationwide.com/vehicle/what-to-do-after-car-accident/
  5. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/syc-20378921