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Car accidents: Never take cash afterward

Car crashes occur every day around Las Vegas. On March 20th, a three-vehicle crash occurred that sent one person to the hospital. There are several steps to take after a car accident of any severity, and one of the things you never want to do is accept cash from another driver. 

After a collision, you may feel relatively fine. However, there could be symptoms lurking underneath the surface. The other driver may offer you money to ignore the crash and not involve the police. It can seem tempting initially, but you always want to go through the proper channels. The insurance process may be long, but it is worth it in the end. 

Your injuries could be severe

After any car accident, you want to see a doctor. No matter how you feel, you should undergo a medical evaluation to ensure none of your muscles or tissues sustained damage. Many people will not notice symptoms until a couple of days after the incident because adrenaline rushes through the body after traumatic events. If you take cash, then it will likely not be enough to pay to see a doctor and afford any treatments you need. Neck injuries are difficult to diagnose right away, and they can be expensive to treat. 

You may not have money to repair your car

You never want to guess how much it will take to fix your car. It may look okay from the surface, but the crash could have caused something out-of-sight to sustain damage. You may think it will only cost a few hundred dollars to make your car look as good as new, but something else could come up. You will not be able to track down the other driver, so you have to pay for anything else out of your own pocket. You cannot start an insurance claim if you take cash from the other driver, so it is best to refuse it from the start. 

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