If you have gone your whole life without getting in to a car accident, then consider yourself lucky. A car accident can be a traumatic experience, and dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can also be difficult. So how should you react in the moments immediately following the meeting between your car's bumper and another vehicle's door?
The most important step you can take in the moments after a car accident is your first one: reacting calmly. If you get angry and upset as you leave your car to go discuss things with the other driver (or drivers), it will only elevate the already tense and charged atmosphere around the entire car crash. Be calm and be civil.
With that in mind, you should check on the well-being of the other people involved in the crash. Do they need medical assistance? Then call 911. If they don't need such assistance, talk to them and exchange information with them.
Then you can do some investigating of your own. Take pictures of the accident scene showing the damage to the vehicles and the debris that scattered across the scene. You can even talk to witnesses at the scene, if they are willing to go on record. Their eyewitness testimony could prove very beneficial.
Ultimately, though, getting an attorney to help you with the aftermath of a car accident is crucial. If you suffer injuries, may they be noticeable physical ones such as cuts, bruises or broken bones, or more discrete injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, then you need to get legal help to hold the other drivers accountable.