No one ever expects to be in an accident but there is a good chance that it will happen to each of us at one time or another. So, do you know what to do (and not do) after you’ve been in an accident? It’s the subject of this week’s podcast.

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It can be hard for a person to maintain their cool after an accident but it is important to do so, if possible. Assess the situation and summon medical attention if need be - for yourself or others.

Then, figure out if the authorities need to be called. Even if there are no injuries, they will probably need to be called if there is any property damage.

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And finally, you need to remember that a law enforcement officer may choose to ticket someone. Do what you can to keep that from happening to you. Again, none of this is guaranteed but if you think about it in advance, you may be able to mitigate the harm later

The audio:

And the video:

Top shot? A stern looking groundhog who appears to agree with me on this.

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 25 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.

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