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What to do after a car accident.

What’s next: Steps 1 through 11.

  1. Download the “Auto Accident Checklist” to your tablet or smartphone, so you always have it.
  2. Keep a printed version of the Checklist in your car.
  3. Please follow the Checklist. Everything you need to know or do is on it. Try to remain calm. If you’re injured too severely to concentrate, have your passenger, family member, friend, or bystander fill the Checklist out for you.
  4. Contact the police and EMS by calling 9-1-1 if the vehicles have severe damage or if someone was injured.
  5. Were you injured? Is there damage to your car? Please notify your insurance company immediately. This step is vitally important in making sure you’re covered fully in case you’re sued, if your vehicle needs repairs, or if you’re injured.
  6. If you were injured, ask your insurance agent to assign a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) adjuster to your claim.
  7. It doesn’t matter if the other driver left the scene or did not stop. Please complete a police report and notify your car insurance company immediately. You may still be entitled to benefits under your own policy.
  8. Were you driving someone else’s vehicle? Immediately inform the vehicle owner’s insurance company of your accident.
  9. Be careful about what you say, and who you say it to. Never tell anyone you caused the accident. Those involved in an accident are often confused, upset, and don’t think clearly.
  10. Do not give statements to the other driver’s insurance company. These can be used as evidence against you.
  11. Consult a law firm experienced in Michigan automobile negligence law. Matz and Pietsch is one such firm that can provide assistance, guidance, and leadership in auto, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents.

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