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How to document the aftermath of a car accident

People in Pennsylvania who are in car wrecks should remain calm and try to document the situation. The first step is to determine whether anyone is injured and needs emergency assistance. Once medical help has arrived or if it is not needed, the person should begin taking photographs of the scene.

Vehicles should not be moved if possible until the arrival of law enforcement. Any damage to property and skid marks should be photographed. Accounts from witnesses as well as their contact information should be collected. Witness accounts should be recorded in a neutral manner and without arguing.

Drivers should cooperate with law enforcement but not admit blame. They should get a copy of the accident report. When possible, each person should write an account of the accident as well as noting any injuries. Even minor wounds, aches and pains should be recorded since these may sometimes turn into symptoms of something more serious. This documentation will all be useful when dealing with insurance companies or when speaking to an attorney. People should not sign anything they do not understand and may want to contact a lawyer.

A lawyer may be helpful in dealing with an injury following a traffic accident in several ways. First, a person who is seriously injured may have more difficulty navigating the process of filing a claim. An attorney may help with this process or explain what to do if the driver who caused the accident is uninsured. Compensation can be critical for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries and may need long-term or permanent care. However, an insurance company might dispute the extent of the injuries or the cause of the accident and offer insufficient compensation. It still may be possible to negotiate a settlement, or an injured person may want to file a lawsuit.

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