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What to Do After a Philadelphia Car Accident?

This week a New Jersey woman was charged with a fatal hit and run of a pedestrian on Route 70. Police were led to the woman days after the crash thanks to a tip. Now the woman has been arrested and faces stiff penalties for fleeing the scene of the accident.

Hitting a person or car while driving is probably not something you’ve thought about or prepared for. But as your first instinct may be to get away, there are things you should know for what to do following a Philadelphia car accident.

First, and foremost, you should stay at the scene of the accident. You do not want to compound your problems by fleeing the scene of the accident. If you do, you face criminal liability on top of any personal injury liability for the accident. And in Pennsylvania that can include mandatory jail time.

Second, you should check on the safety of all drivers and passengers involved in the accident. If someone needs medical attention, call 911. After assuring the safety of everyone involved, you may want to call the police too if there is significant property damage or injuries. But don't call the police for most routine fender-benders.

Third, you should exchange driver's license and insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident. You should also take down the information of any witnesses.

Last, contact your insurance company. Tell your insurance company that you have been involved in an accident as soon as possible. Be honest with your insurance company and tell them what happened and the extent of your injuries or damage to property.

These are just some basic steps for what to do after a Philadelphia car accident. Should you have any specific questions, you should contact a personal injury attorney.

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