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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts explains what to do after being involved in a car accident and how to handle any repercussions

Car accidents can be stressful and overwhelming, but it's important to know what to do immediately after the accident, how to handle insurance claims and the legal process for filing a lawsuit if necessary. In this short blog, we'll provide an overview of the laws and regulations surrounding car accidents and some tips on what to do in the aftermath.

What to Do Immediately After an Accident

The first thing you should do after a car accident is to make sure that everyone is safe. If anyone is injured, call for medical assistance right away. If it's safe to do so, move your car to the side of the road to prevent further accidents. Once you've ensured that everyone is safe, you should exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident, including their name, phone number, insurance information, and license plate number.

It's also a good idea to take photos of the accident scene, including the damage to the vehicles involved and any injuries sustained. This will help you when you file an insurance claim.

Handling Insurance Claims

After a car accident, you must file an insurance claim with your insurance company. You should do this as soon as possible to ensure your claim is processed quickly. When you file a claim, you must provide the insurance company with all the information you gathered at the accident scene, including photos and contact information for the other driver(s) involved.

Your insurance company will then investigate the accident and determine who was at fault. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to receive compensation for any damage to your vehicle or any injuries sustained.

Filing a Lawsuit

If you are not satisfied with the amount of compensation you receive from your insurance company, you may be able to file a lawsuit. This is a more complicated process and typically requires the assistance of a lawyer.

In order to file a lawsuit, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault and that their negligence caused the accident. You will also need to provide evidence of any damages you suffered as a result of the accident.

It's important to note that each state has its own laws and regulations surrounding car accidents and insurance claims. If you need clarification about the laws, it's a good idea to consult a lawyer specialising in car accidents.


Car accidents can be stressful, but knowing what to do in the aftermath can help you stay calm and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. If you are involved in a car accident, ensure everyone is safe, exchange information with the other drivers involved, and take photos of the accident scene. If you need to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit, consult with a lawyer who specialises in car accidents and is familiar with the laws regarding your situation.

For more information about what to do after a car accident, check out our What happens if my leased vehicle is involved in an accident guide. We also produce a range of weekly blogs on various topics, which can be found in the blog section of our website.

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