Car accidents are traumatic. Even a near miss can leave you shaken and out of breath. So having an actual impact, especially one where there are injuries, can be exceptionally jarring. When you’re in a heightened state of frenzy, it’s generally a bad time to make split minute decisions that will impact your future. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what you’ll need to do in the event of an accident. The best way to protect yourself, legally and physically, is by being prepared in advance. If you know all of the steps you need to take in order to protect yourself in the unlikely event of an accident, you’ll be able to respond correctly rather than letting adrenaline affect your choices.