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What are some basic things to know following a car accident?

There are so many factors to consider about a car accident and after a car accident that it can often feel overwhelming for someone involved in a wreck. So what are a few things you can key in on to make the process simpler? First of all, remember that the police won't necessarily arrive at your accident -- but they almost always will. When they do, a police report will be filed, and this report can contain some critical information that could help you later on should you pursue legal action.

Of course, police officers are human and thus they are susceptible to making mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes make it into the report, though they may be corrected later. Certain mistakes, or even questioning the validity of some aspect of the crash, can be difficult to challenge. So be prepared for some resistance if you are disputing an element of the report that you want amended.

There are also the specific laws of each state that come into play. Traffic laws vary depending on where you go, so if you get into an accident in the state of Arizona, you'll want to know which laws apply to you and your accident. You could also seek help from an experienced attorney to guide you through the post-accident process.

Which of course leads to your car insurance. After a wreck, your insurer may not cause you much difficulty, proceeding with the claim in a helpful manner. But sometimes, your insurer -- or maybe the insurer of another person involved in the wreck -- can make the process difficult. An attorney can help you in this regard, standing up for you and protecting your rights and interests.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Liability: Proving Fault in a Car Crash," Accessed Oct. 13, 2014

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