When a car accident occurs, caused by the negligence of another, you are entitled to just compensation. The accident may have impacted your well-being and ability to work or in some cases the death of a loved one. Compensation for your physical injuries or property damage comes from the "at fault" driver's insurance company. If you are capable of functioning after an accident, there are several key things for you to do. Even in the midst of chaos, document the accident, with anyone needing medical attention the first priority. Talk to witnesses and get contact numbers for them. Call the police if you are injured or your car is damaged-don't skip this step trying to be a nice guy. A police report goes a long way towards documenting your claim in a court of law. Take pictures; if you don't have a phone or camera, ask witnesses if they would take pictures for you-sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words!