Editor's Note: This article was written by the CaliforniaDepartment of Insurance.

Picture this, you are driving in Monday morning rush hourtraffic and the freeway is bustling. Cars are weaving between lanesand the morning sun is in your eyes. Suddenly, your airbag deploysand broken glass is flying. Adrenaline courses through your veinsand in the blink of an eye your attention needs to be crystal clearon your new reality. If you are not prepared to deal with thissituation you may forget many of the necessary steps you need totake to protect yourself after a collision.

Below are a few simple steps recommended by the California LowCost Auto insurance program. Save these tips in your glovecompartment with your vehicle registration and proof of insurancefor future reference:

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