Let’s say you’ve just been in a car accident. You aren’t injured, and neither are the other people involved in the wreck. However, numerous vehicles were involved and the crash scene is chaotic: people yelling, witnesses taking photos, police everywhere. What should you do? How can you effectively manage this moment in time and prepare yourself for the coming days, weeks and months of post-accident management?

First of all, don’t panic. Take some pictures of the accident scene with your photo. They will preserve some crucial bits of evidence and these images could help you remember critical things about the crash when the police ask you about the wreck.

And that leads to the second point: the police. Remember that the police report about your car accident isn’t necessarily the be-all-and-end-all of the wreck. If the police make a mistake, or if new evidence comes to life, the police report could be amended.

Last but not least, utilize any recording device you may have so that you can record your thoughts about the crash. Recite details about the crash. Talk about what you saw prior to the wreck and what it felt like during the wreck. Any details in this regard could be immensely helpful not only for you, but for the police as well.

Amid the chaos of a post-accident scene, you can take some viable steps to help you get past this wreck. By doing these things, you can put yourself in a position to be able to handle any legal action that may occur as a result of the wreck.

Source: Yahoo!, “The five big steps you should take after a car accident,” Steven Lang, Jan. 21, 2015