In 2015, 2.44 million people were injured in car accidents. (1)  2.44 MILLION!  The odds are not in your favor.  This post should help you know what to do after a car accident.

What to do after a car accident

  1. Stay calm, take a breath, and check for injuries of both parties.
  2. If needed, call an ambulance.  Dial 911.
  3. Move to a safe location if possible.
  4. Call the police to file an accident report. Dial 911.
  5. Obtain contact info from drivers and witnesses.
  6. Notify your insurance of the accident.

Don’t Forget!

Take pictures of ALL the damages and injuries.  Things like bruises might matter later on.  Take a picture!

You are not required to give a recorded statement to ANY insurance company.

Get Help

Your body can be injured during the car accident.  A trained chiropractor can help diagnose sprains, strains, whiplash, or other injuries.  At Cascade Chiropractic & Wellness, we have on-site digital x-rays.  X-rays and a thorough exam can help you learn exactly what treatment your body needs after an injury.  Read more about what we can do to treat whiplash here.

In Oregon, car insurance requires at least $15,000 of PIP (personal injury protection) coverage.  This means, no out of pocket cost to you.  You should never worry about getting treatment due to money issues after a car accident.

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Sometimes you need legal help after a car accident.  Dr. Cooper and Dr. Johnson recommend Levin & Levine to our auto injury patients.  They treat my patients well and they are nice guys.  They know their stuff!


  1. Insurance Information Institute 
  2. Levin & Levine for legal ideas