No one wants to be in a crash. Unfortunately, it does happen. If you have just been in a crash and are not sure what to do next, this is what you need to know. First, you may wish to contact the police to establish a police report and take photographs of the scene and the vehicles involved. Remember to get contact information for all of the witnesses, including their phone numbers. According to Allstate, you should go to the emergency room or see a doctor as soon as possible if you suffered any injuries.

There are two things you may wish to avoid doing after an auto accident. Do not leave the scene of the accident, and you may want to avoid giving a recorded statement to the insurance company before exploring your legal options. If you do decide to give a recorded statement to the insurance company, tell the truth. Do not make up the facts and do not fill in the blanks if you do not know the answer. Remember that the insurance company may use a recorded statement against you.

Before you pick up the phone to make your claim, be ready with all the information you collected from the scene of the crash. This includes the names of drivers involved, their driver’s license numbers, insurance information and their license plates. Lastly, be prepared to answer questions about how the crash happened. Some of these questions include: Was anyone in an intersection? What direction were you going and what were the road conditions like? You may also have to provide your previous driving record.