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Car Crash? What to do Next in North Carolina

Car Crash? What to do next is often confusing.  What are your legal rules and responsibilities if you are Involved in a Motor Vehicle Crash? Some of your requirments are listed below.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles outlines your duties and responsibilities in the event you are involved in a motor vehicle crash. If you have been involved in a crash you must stop the vehicle immediately. If you do not stop you have violated the law. Take precautions to prevent further crashes at the scene. Do whatever you can to help those who have been injured. Try to ensure that someone informs a law enforcement officer immediately. If the crash occurred on a main lane, ramp, shoulder, median or adjacent area of the highway and there are no injuries or fatalities, each vehicles should be moved out of the travel lane onto the shoulder of the road provided it can be driven safely under its own power and without causing further damage to the vehicle, other traffic or the roadway.

In a Car Crash what to do next includes these three things you must do: 1) Provide you name, address, drivers license, vehicle registration number and the name of your vehicle insurance company; 2) Be sure to obtain the same information from others who were involved in the crash; and 3) If you do not know the occupants of the other vehicle or the owner of damaged property, write down all the information you can gather and give it to the nearest law enforcement officer.

If anyone is injured you may need additional information.  Often injuries such as whiplash require medical treatment to heal.

You should also report any crash to your insurance company. In certain cases, North Carolina law also requires the driver of a vehicle involved in a reportable crash to provide proof of financial responsibility on forms provided by the Division of Motor Vehicles. 

Finally, you may want legal representation.  Our firm and many others limit our practice to representing just these types of cases.  We handle serious injuries from car crashes and commercial vehicle accidents.

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