Editor’s Note: This article was written by the California Department of Insurance.

Picture this, you are driving in Monday morning rush hour traffic and the freeway is bustling. Cars are weaving between lanes and the morning sun is in your eyes. Suddenly, your airbag deploys and broken glass is flying. Adrenaline courses through your veins and in the blink of an eye your attention needs to be crystal clear on your new reality. If you are not prepared to deal with this situation you may forget many of the necessary steps you need to take to protect yourself after a collision. 

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