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What not to do following a vehicle accident

While it is true that a car crash can leave you feeling dazed and shaky, there are certain things you must remember to do in the aftermath and certain things you should definitely not do. Your first move will probably be instinctive: Check yourself and everyone else for injuries.

Calling 911 would be a good next step, followed by contacting the police. Exchanging information with the other driver is probably on your to-do list at this point, but be careful what you say and do from here on out.

Do not refuse medical help

When the emergency medical personnel arrive, do not refuse medical attention, even if you feel all right physically. You should also see a doctor as soon as possible; it is a matter of helping you get full insurance reimbursement. Be diligent about saving all your medical bills and receipts.

Do not sign any releases

A car insurance company can be released from the responsibility of paying on additional claims if you should sign a release before your medical treatment is complete. Do not settle until your injuries have healed, or until they have healed as well as you can ever expect.

Do not make a recorded statement

Make copious written notes about the accident -- any details and photos you can provide will be very helpful to your attorney. However, do not back yourself into a corner and jeopardize your chances for appropriate compensation by making any sort of recorded statement.

Seek experienced legal help

If you suffered injuries in a car crash, you need the help of a legal expert who can negotiate effectively with high-powered insurance company lawyers on your behalf. You deserve fair and just compensation, and when you contact Young & Young, you will have an experienced personal injury advocate on your side. Personal injury cases are taken by the law firm on a contingency basis based on damages awarded, so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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