When you get rear-ended, it can be a disorienting experience. At the time of the incident, you may not be able to think clearly. However, it is still vital for you to take certain steps in the aftermath of the crash.

FindLaw takes a look at three things to do in the aftermath of a rear end collision. This includes reporting the incident, recording what happened, and reaching out for any assistance that might be needed. Of course, seeking medical attention should be the very first step if you have been injured.

If your physical state allows it, reporting the incident should come next. Fender benders and rear-end collisions often leave people in a tough position where they feel like the damage is not great enough to warrant calling the police. However, you won’t know at the time of a crash just how badly your car is damaged, or how free from injury you really are. Repairs and medical bills can be costly, and if you don’t report the incident, it will be harder to get compensation.

Recording the incident is also fundamental and important to any potential case you may need to build in the future. Take pictures of the scene. Get witness statements. Write down the information of any drivers involved. Doing so will give you a stronger foundation if you happen to need to take your case to court.

Finally, you may want to reach out to an experienced attorney. Fighting for compensation with insurance companies can be a wearing, difficult experience. It may make all the difference to have someone in your corner who knows the ins and outs of car crash compensation cases.