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Car Accident Guide


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No one ever plans to be involved in a car accident, but it can happen to anyone. Even the safest drivers can find themselves in a traffic crash. 

Of course, it’s important to build the skills and techniques to avoid car crashes in the first place, but it’s also important to know what to do if you’re involved in one. 

Each state has its own specific laws and guidelines as to what you need to do following a car accident. 

Find your state below to learn about the steps you’ll need to take after a crash. 

In general, you’ll need to:

  • First, make sure you and everyone involved are okay. 
  • Exchange insurance information. 
  • Contact the police, if necessary. 
  • File a report with your DMV. 

Car accidents can have a number of implications, including:

  • Damage and depreciation of your vehicle. 
  • Increased insurance rates. 
  • Potential fines, penalties, and license suspensions if you are found to be at fault. 
  • Physical pain and sustained injuries. 

If your bills resulting from the accident are too high or you’re having trouble with the insurance companies, it may be a smart idea to consult a car accident lawyer. 

Select your State for more information. 




New York


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