If you’re lucky, you’ll never have to experience a car accident even once in your life, but most people will find themselves in that position at one point. It’s a high-stress moment, and how you react in it is important, but it’s not nearly as important as what you do after.

Managing your expectations and understanding what the process is like after you get into an accident will guide your experience afterward. When you know what the future will look like, managing your stress and looking to the future is the best plan. SO here is what to expect:

Doctor’s visit

It almost goes without saying, but after any accident, especially with a commercial vehicle, you should see a medical professional. There are many injuries that can and do happen after a car accident that you just cannot self-diagnose. If you don’t get a record of it soon after the accident, it can cause difficulties down the road.

Police reports

You will need to file a police report. Police reports are an influential piece of evidence in any insurance or personal injury claim. You need to provide the officer with all the facts, and only the facts. The police will ask you many questions, and it is important to accurately answer all of them.

Calls with insurance companies

You may call your insurance company or another insurance company may call you. In either case, it is imperative to remember to handle these calls with caution. If you say something to an insurance company, it is possible they may use that against your eventual claim.

Complicated filings

The laws regarding fault in Michigan are complicated and intimidating. Trying to successfully navigate the filing process on your own can lead to mistakes, delays and possible denials.

Don’t go it alone

At every step after a car accident, an attorney can assist you. Whether it is with properly filing a police report, speaking to your insurance company or getting in-depth answers from your doctor, an attorney has the experience to guide you to the best possible result. You do not have to do it all yourself.