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Steps to follow before and after a car accident

Just like every other city in the country, car accidents are common in and around the Charleston area. Even a person that drives cautiously and follows all of the traffic laws can end up in an accident caused by a negligent driver. While most people understand that being in a car accident is a possibility, few of them think about what they would need to do immediately after an accident.

The first and most important step is for the people involved in the accident to take care of their own safety and the safety of others involved. If a driver has not suffered a debilitating or serious injury, the person should pull their car to the side of the road to get away from other traffic in the area. The person should then perform any first aid on themselves or others and call 911 to report the accident. In addition, drivers should plan ahead and have flashers or flares in their car so that they can place them near an accident to warn oncoming traffic.

After a person has done everything they can to secure the immediate safety of everyone involved in the accident, they should talk to the other drivers involved. If police have not yet arrived, drivers should exchange their basic information such as addresses, license numbers and vehicle registration numbers.

Maintaining adequate insurance is another important accident preparation step. Nobody plans to get in an accident, but the possibility of being in one necessitates having insurance. Moreover, West Virginia law requires drivers to have a certain amount of liability coverage in case they cause harm to other people and their property while on the roads.

The best approach to car accidents is to drive safely and do all that is possible to avoid them. However, some accidents are inevitable and drivers would be wise to think about some helpful steps that they can take in case they are involved in an accident.

Source: DMV.org, "Accident Guide in West Virginia," Accessed Aug. 29, 2014

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