No one wants to be part of a motor vehicle accident, but you know that this could happen at some point in the future. You realize that danger lurks around every corner, meaning that another driver could cause a serious crash.

If you find yourself in this position, you must check for injuries before you do anything else. Sure, you want to know what type of damage your vehicle has sustained, but that’s not more important than your overall health and well being.

Checking for injuries after a motor vehicle accident is easier said than done. Here’s why: Some injuries don’t always present symptoms right away. For example, if you hit your head, you may not immediately feel the symptoms of a concussion. However, warning signs can set in soon enough.

Once you check yourself for injuries, move onto your passengers (if there was anyone else in your vehicle).

If you require any type of medical treatment, be sure to call 911. Once an ambulance arrives at the scene, you’ll feel better about obtaining treatment as to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

After you receive treatment and know what types of injuries you have, you can then learn more about the car accident and your legal rights. If another driver was at fault, such as someone who was texting or driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be able to take steps toward receiving compensation. You can use the money for everything from paying medical bills to financial security as you await your return to work.

Source: Allstate, “What To Do After A Car Accident: A Step-by-Step Guide,” accessed Oct. 03, 2017