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What to do following a Rhode Island car accident

Car accidents can happen at any time, without warning and to the safest of drivers. You can only be as safe as the other drivers on the roads of Rhode Island. No matter how much you practice safe driving, you cannot dictate how others around you operate their vehicles. This can be a frightening realization, but one you must understand. Here are some tips for you to put to use following a car accident.

One of the most important tips, which is also required by law, is to remain at the scene of the accident. This is the case even for those who are victims of the accident. Never leave the scene, even on foot. Only leave the scene if you have been told to do so by a law enforcement officer or if medical personnel are transporting you to the hospital.

The first thing you need to do following an accident is to check the other driver and all passengers before assessing any damage to the vehicles. Make sure everyone is safe and out of the way of oncoming traffic. DO NOT move any victim who is complaining of neck pain or is unconscious. Call 911 immediately so the fire department and emergency medical services can be dispatched.

Make sure you exchange information with all drivers involved. This includes names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance policy information, license plate numbers and driver's license numbers. You should also write down the names and contact information of any passengers involved in the crash.

Witnesses of the crash will hopefully stop to not only provide a statement to responding police officers, but also make sure all those involved are safe. Acquire the names and contact information of any witnesses. Try to ask them, if they are local to the area, if other accidents have happened where your accident occurred.

The last thing you should do at the scene is take pictures of the damage to your car, the other cars involved, the debris, the road conditions and anything else pertinent to the crash.

A qualified law firm can help you learn more about car accidents in Providence, Rhode Island, and what you should do immediately following a crash.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed March 28, 2017

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