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What to Do After a Car Accident: Free PDF Checklist

The steps you take after a car accident can save lives, reduce injuries, and yield a quick settlement. No matter how stressful your accident is, stay on the right side of the law with this easy checklist.

Print a copy of the checklist below to keep in your car.
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What Are the First Steps You Should Take after a Car Accident

The first two things you should focus on immediately after an accident is your safety and your legal protection.

There are a number of dos and don’ts that you should be aware of. Some of these suggestions apply to any accident. Other items are relevant if you plan to pursue a legal claim. You should consider following all of the dos and don’ts as you may decide to file a claim later.

What Should You Do and Not Do After a Car Accident?


Immediately get to a place of safety - avoid getting hit by passing vehicles

Call the police

Call for an ambulance

Call for roadside assistance

Exchange information with the other driver

Take pictures:

Damage to your car

Damage to the other car

Crash scene

Roadway include any skid marks

Other person's driver's license, registration, license plates and insurance card

If offered take the ambulance to the emergency room

Follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment and follow-up

Follow your doctors recommendations for treatment and follow-updoctor

Acquire and take all prescribed medications

Retain legal counsel as quickly as possible

Consult an attorney before speaking with the insurance company

Do not

Leave out symptoms when speaking to your doctor

Give a recorded statement to the insurance company

Accept the lowball offer from the insurance company

Sign away your rights

How Do You Purse a Bodily-Injury Claim After a Car Accident?


Get prompt medical attention

Follow Doctors orders; if your doctor recommends an MRI, get an MRI

Decline giving a recorded statement until you speak with your attorney

Display gratitude for not having more serious injuries

Display gratitude that you were not killed in the crash

Be polite, truthful, pleasant, and cooperative

Keep a journal (track symptoms, medications, pain levels, etc.)

Be thorough and talk about all of your symptoms in your journal

Take your journal to the doctor appointments and discuss contents with your doctor

Keep track of all the healthcare providers that you see

Tell your lawyers if you're involved in a subsequent crash

Tell your lawyers if you are injured after the accident including when and how

Dedicate yourself to your medical treatment

Keep your social media profiles rated G while you have an open insurance claim

Do not

Assume the insurance company will be fair and reasonable

Tell the insurance company that you were not injured

Miss medical appointments

Talk about the crash on your social media profiles

Post about athletic accomplishments on your social media profiles

Post about engaging in high-risk activity on your social media profiles

Post party pictures on your social media profiles

Think your social media profiles are inaccessible just because you have privacy settings enabled

Speak with or encounter the other parties involved in the crash

Be argumentative on the phone with the insurance adjuster

Exaggerate your injuries

Be greedy, defensive, arrogant, argumentative, vengeful, or sarcastic

All of the checks above are ways in which you can help your lawyers get a better case outcome for you.

Success does not happen by accident. It is usually the result of coordinated effort and teamwork. Don't forget, you are part of your own success team. Your team also includes your doctors and your lawyers. But you are the only one in control of your effort and your attitude. So be an excellent team member and do your job to the best of your ability.

What to do after a car accident (not your fault)

A quick car collision checklist

First, prioritize what needs to happen. If you were in a major crash and require medical attention, then call 911. Second, if you do not need immediate medical care, get accurate records of the collision (photos, driver's information, etc.) right away. Third, call 911 for a police report.

What to do after a minor car accident

An easy car crash checklist

First, never leave the scene of the collision. Second, exchange information with the other driver & take photos. Third, accidents with less than $1,000 in damages should file a police report at the police station.

Be Smart About Your Vehicle Insurance

When it comes to paying bodily-injury claims, insurance companies generally employ a strategy known as the three D's: delay, deny, and defend. Retaining a law firm to represent you is the best approach because it evens the playing field.

Get the Best Outcome for Your Claim

You have gotten through the initial shock of being involved in an accident and have determined that you will pursue a legal claim. Do you know what your part will be in this process?

What Makes a Strong Personal Injury Claim?

You have gotten through the initial shock of being involved in an accident and have determined that you will pursue a legal claim. Do you know what your part will be in this process?

Get Your Free Claim Review for Your Car Accident

A car crash is an emotional and physical roller-coaster. Besides body and property damages, you have to deal with the insurance company’s conniving strategies. You need a personal injury attorney who can get you a fair settlement. Contact Levinson Law today for your free claim review.

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