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Your first car accident: Important tips

That first car accident always takes you by surprise, even if you've read the statistics and you know just how common accidents are. It can leave you reeling and panicked. You're not sure what to do. It feels like you're suddenly in over your head and you cannot believe it happened to you.

Remember, this happens to almost everyone at some point. Just stay calm. Think rationally. Remember that you are not alone and you can get through this. It's not the end of the world, even though it feels like it. It will be okay.

The first thing to do is simply to check on anyone who may have gotten hurt. This starts with yourself and others in your vehicle. You may also want to talk to people in the other car or pedestrians and cyclists. Nothing is more important than medical care, for yourself or others. As you check on conditions, call 911 or tell someone else on the scene to do it. Do not delay, even if you think you're all right.

Do you think the other driver caused the crash? Do you think it was your fault? Regardless, never admit fault. Remember, this has never happened to you before. You may be overlooking a critical factor that means it was never your fault at all. It's fine to talk to the other driver, but do not say something that could be used against you in the future.

Finally, look into your legal rights to compensation for your injuries. Even minor injuries can get very expensive, so make sure you know what options you have.

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