A car accident is a serious event that can cost the driver a lot of time and money. Car accidents usually result in damage to property and can even result in injury or death. Although car insurance can cover a portion of these costs, many times, you are left with additional costs and expenses that can be difficult to afford. This can include any medical bills down the road, loss of income due to medical treatment and replacing your car with a new one. Being prepared for an accident and the subsequent aftermath can help you decrease your chances of paying out of pocket expenses. Because car accidents are sudden and unexpected, it can be difficult to know what to do when you’ve been in a serious accident. Many times, your body is in shock. This can prevent you from responding to the accident properly and can even mask injuries inflicted during the accident. If possible, familiarize yourself with the necessary steps to take after an accident. If necessary, contact your lawyer and get advice on the next steps to take.