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It's a very scary experience to be involved in an accident, but the most important thing is to make sure that you are not hurt physically or require immediate medical attention. Many times you will call the authorities or someone will call them for you, and if you feel at all unwell, allow an ambulance to take you for medical help. If you had a smaller accident, still insist on calling in the police. This is a good way to make sure that your statement goes onto an official record. If you need to hire a lawyer later, having documentation of the accident will help your case. Never leave the scene of an accident, no matter how small, until you have made sure that both parties are all right and that insurance information has been exchanged.