By Zach Russell

If you are ever involved in a car accident, there are things you need to remember. It is hard to think in a high-stress situation like that but if you remember these steps, you’ll be better protected:

1. Check yourself

After an accident, you might feel disoriented. If you are able, check to make sure nothing on your body is broken. If medical attention is needed, that takes priority over everything.

2. Stay there

Even if an accident seems minor, stay where you are. Do not drive away. This can only cause more problems in the future.

3. Take pictures

I can’t stress this enough. Take as many pictures and/or video as possible. This can act as evidence that will most likely help your case. Pictures of the car, the surrounding area and license plates are all helpful shots.This will backup your side of the story with proof. So snap away.

4. Call 911

Whether it is a minor accident or involves serious injury, you will want to call the police. Filing a police report will help you with insurance claims, court case, etc.

5. Take notes

This might seem unlikely, but if you are able to, write down detailed notes about the accident. This will help when giving a statement to the police, insurance agency, and/or lawyers.

6. Gather information

Make sure to collect the information of everyone involved in the accident. This is essential for when you file a claim with your insurance.

7. Report it

You will want to report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you can have everything sorted out. If you have trouble with your insurance claim, consult a lawyer and have your case reviewed.