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What To Do And Not Do After A Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful and scary situation. Immediately after a car accident, you may be disoriented and confused about what to do next. After an accident, it’s important to know the steps to take–along with what not to do–in order to protect your legal rights. 


  • Seek medical attention. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention directly after your accident. This applies even if you don’t think you were injured too badly in your accident, as underlying injuries can take days or even weeks to show symptoms.
  • Call the police. It’s important to call the police after an accident. A responding officer will investigate the scene of the accident and determine who was at fault in the accident. 
  • Get all appropriate contact information. Be sure to get information of all other vehicles involved in the accident, including license plate numbers of the vehicles involved and names, addresses, and insurance information for all drivers involved in the accident.
  • Get contact information for any witnesses to the accident. If you pursue a personal injury claim for your car accident, witnesses can be a key component of a successful claim. Be sure to get names and contact information for each witness to the accident. 
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. You’ll want to let them know about the accident so that your insurance company can file a claim and begin working with the at-fault party’s insurance company to settle the claim. 
  • Keep a journal after your accident. Be sure to keep good records after your accident. Your journal can include items such as a daily log of how you are feeling after your accident, a 1-10 rating of your pain each day, and time missed from work as a result of your accident. 


  • Move the vehicle. Unless moving the vehicle is required by law or necessary for your safety or the safety of others, don’t move the vehicle. 
  • Talk about who was at fault. After an accident, be sure not to discuss potential fault with anyone. Even apologizing to another party to the accident can be construed as admitting fault, so keep conversation to a bare minimum. 
  • Wait too long to seek legal representation. After an accident, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait too long to do this, as there are deadlines called “statutes of limitations” that bar a person from bringing legal action stemming from a car accident after a certain period of time. Your attorney will need adequate time to prepare your case and fight for your compensation. 

If you have been injured in a car accident in the Philadelphia area, the team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian is just a phone call or email away. We are dedicated to educating our clients on their legal rights and remedies after a car accident and are committed to providing the quality legal representation our clients need to obtain the compensation they deserve. To speak with a member of our legal team about your accident, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.

About the Author

Charles GilmanCharles Gilman
Charles Gilman

As managing partner and co-founder of Gilman & Bedigian, it is my mission to help our clients recover and get their lives back on track. I strongly believe that every person who is injured by a wrongful act deserves compensation, and I will do my utmost to bring recompense to those who need and deserve it.


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