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What should you do if you are in a car accident?

You are only fifteen miles into your morning commute when you are involved in a car accident in Washington. In the spur of the moment, you freeze. Suffering from shock, you begin to panic and have no idea what to do. While this situation may seem unlikely, you never know when something may happen and you find yourself in a dangerous predicament. Understanding what to do if you are involved in a car accident is critical to help you remain calm if something dangerous ever happens to you. 

According to NAPA, the first thing you should do is to remain calm. Take a deep breath and survey the damage. Do you have injuries? Will moving around or getting out of your vehicle cause further physical harm? Are your passengers okay? Once you answer these questions, you should place an emergency call to 911. Describe in detail where you are, what types of vehicles are involved and any injuries you have observed on yourself and others. 

If you are able, turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers that your vehicle is disabled. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the crash, you may be able to safely pull your vehicle off to the side of the road. From here, you will need to decide where to have your car sent for repairs. You should also exchange contact and insurance information with any other drivers involved in the accident.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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