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In the moments that follow a car accident, and you have a few choices. You can flee the scene of an accident, which is the worst possible decision you could make. Fleeing the scene turns your accident into a criminal act. You could get angry and upset with the other people involved in the accident, which then turns an already tense and upsetting moment into an angry, emotional roller coaster.

You could remain calm and approach the post-accident process in a proper manner, giving you the best chance to put this whole incident behind you while also increasing your chances of success in the aftermath of the crash.
There’s obviously a “best” option here, and it’s the last one: being calm and taking simple, necessary steps in the wake of an accident.

After a crash, you should take a deep breath and prepare yourself to deal with the other people in the wreck. Check on them to make sure they are okay, and if they are, then you should talk with them and exchange information, If they aren’t okay, then call 911 and do whatever you can to help.

Once this is completed and if you are feeling well enough yourself, you should get your cellphone and take pictures of the accident scene. Your pictures could help the police complete their investigation into the crash, and they can be used to support any claims you make to your insurance company. You should also talk to any witnesses to the crime, for their testimony could help you for the same reason as the pictures.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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