Even minor crashes can have serious effects

Car crashes range from minor to fatal. Just because you are in an accident that seems minor, you can't let your guard down as you deal with the aftermath. No matter how minor it seems, there is a chance that you will suffer injuries. Low speed accidents can lead to problems like whiplash, head injuries, bruising or damaged muscles. In all of these cases, you might require medical care.

When the crash happens, the first thing that you need to do is to check for injuries. Even though these might not seem bad when the accident occurs, you need to be sure that you seek medical care so that you can ensure that there isn't a life-threatening issue hiding. You might not even realize that there is something amiss until days later, but even then you should have a medical evaluation done.

Another thing to do is to determine if there is anything flammable leaking from the vehicles. Check for sparks, too, since gasoline and fumes from it can catch on fire. If you see sparks or know that something flammable spilled, get away from the vehicles. Be sure you alert the fire department when you contact emergency services to get the police and medics to the scene.

Take the time to get contact information for the other driver and anyone who saw the accident. You can also take pictures of the vehicles and the scene to use later. Take notes about anything important, such as the weather and road conditions. All of this might become central points in your case if you opt to seek compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "What to Do After a Minor Car Accident," accessed May 18, 2018

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