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You’ve Been in a Car Accident. Now What?

It’s a fact of life that car accidents happen every day, but when you’re involved in an accident -- even if it’s just a minor fender bender -- understanding the best way to proceed can be a challenge. At the very least you’ll need to know how to navigate the back-and-forth discussions with the insurance company (your own, and possibly the other driver’s too) to get your car fixed and back on the road. And after a major collision, you may be faced with mounting medical bills and missed paychecks, so you might be wondering whether a personal injury lawsuit is the best way to protect your legal rights.

Your case could be resolved through a fair insurance settlement without much hassle, or you could be in for a contentious lawsuit that ends with your proverbial day in court. That’s where this website can help. On (part of the Nolo Network) we walk you through every aspect of a car insurance claim, and every stage of a typical car accident personal injury lawsuit. Then, once you have a clear idea of the legal landscape, you can use our books and forms to handle your car accident claim yourself, or use our online case evaluation tool to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who is in your area and ready to help.

After any car accident, your first step is to get informed. Start here.