What will you do after a car accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, it can be a traumatizing experience. This is particularly true if you and/or your passengers suffer an injury.

While you will have a lot running through your mind, there are several steps you can take at this time to make things easier.

First things first -- don't leave the scene of an accident. This may be your first instinct, but it can land you in hot water with the law.

From there, be sure to check on all drivers and passengers. If anybody needs medical assistance, don't hesitate to contact the police or 911. It's important for emergency medical services to arrive as soon as possible.

If possible, you should also exchange information with the other party. This is simple enough if you are not injured, but can be impossible if you require medical attention.

At some point, you need to inform your insurance company of your accident. Obviously, it's best to do this as soon as possible. But again, it can be difficult if you are injured and receiving treatment.

Finally, be sure to keep track of all your expenses, which includes medical treatment.

As you recover from your accident, both mentally and physically, you will have time to learn more about the finer details, such as who was responsible for the incident. This will help you better formulate a plan for moving forward.

It is important that you receive the compensation you deserve, both for damages to your vehicle and for any injuries that you may have suffered as a direct result.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed May 13, 2016