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What to do after you're involved in a car crash

If you get into a car accident in Oregon, there are a number of things you need to do, even if you're not the person at fault for the accident. Failing to follow the law could result in legal repercussions for you, too.

When the crash takes place, the most important thing to do is to make sure you, your passengers, the other driver, and his or her passengers, are all okay. If not, then medical care should be sought by calling 911 and waiting for the emergency team. You are required to give any reasonable aid you can to anyone who is injured. Don't move anyone who is injured unless you have to, like if there is a chance of a fire or explosion. No one involved in the accident should leave the scene, or they could face a hit-and-run charge.

Once you are able to, it's important to exchange information with the other driver. You should receive the driver's name, address, license plate number, insurance information, and driver's license number. A phone number can also help you or your attorney reach the other party.

Your accident needs to be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles. In most cases, if the police come to the scene of the accident, then the report will be filed for you. You can request a copy of the report for your own records and to make sure that it states the events as you witnessed them. The report could be used in your case to help you make a claim for compensation for your injuries.

Source: Oregon.gov, "Your Responsibilities in an Accident," accessed Oct. 13, 2015

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