Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

What are the odds you’ll be in a car accident sooner than later?

Once every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs in the United States. This results in over 37,000 deaths over a single year, and over 2 million injuries.

From these stats, it’s fair to say there’s a chance you could be the victim of an accident the next time you’re on the road. And if your worst fears come to pass and you become a victim, knowing what to do next can make the difference between life, lifelong disability, and even death.

Eager to learn more?

Here are the steps to take after a car accident.

Get Medical Help

In the event of a car accident, your health comes first.

Some victims make the mistake of putting money first. Perhaps another party was at fault for the accident, so they want to call the police first or stay on the scene so they can preserve the evidence. Don’t be like these people.

The first thing to do is call for emergency medical help. If you’re not badly hurt and can move or walk, you can call your health insurance provider if they offer emergency evacuation services.

Another mistake people make is not seeking medical help if they seem visibly okay. Don’t do this. Whether you haven’t sustained any physical injuries or you feel just fine, it’s crucial to see an accident doctor. You could have sustained internal injuries that might not manifest on physical symptoms until hours or days after the accident.

That being said, not all accident incidents require you to seek medical help. If it’s a minor fender-bender where the only thing that’s hurt is the car’s bumper, your health is definitely fine.

Pursue the Accident Case

After receiving treatment, the next step is to follow up on the case.

If you were evacuated from the scene immediately after an accident, the police certainly stepped in and filed a report. The report fleshes out the details of the accident and possibly points out who was at fault.

If another party was at fault and they’re not contesting the findings of the police, their insurance company will compensate you for your injuries and losses.

But what if they’re contesting the findings of the report, their insurance company is playing hardball, or you’re the one at fault?

Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident or personal injury lawyer is the professional you need on your side (besides a car accident doctor, of course!).

Your lawyer will conduct an independent investigation and litigate the case on your behalf. If the other party isn’t accepting liability, the lawyer will sue them in a court of law. And if you’re the at-fault party, your lawyer will ensure the other victims don’t sue for compensation that’s more than they deserve.

You Know the Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Nobody wishes to get involved in a car accident, but the truth is the possibility is always there, regardless of how careful you’re. Nonetheless, knowing what steps to take after a car accident can go a long way in preventing a bad situation from getting worse.

Best of luck and keep reading our blog for more helpful insights.