If you've been in a car accident, of course your health and safety should be of prime concern. If emergency medical personnel recommend you visit the hospital, you should listen to their advice, even if you don't think you've been injured. Beyond taking care of any potential injuries, however, you might note some additional tips to consider after any car accident.
If you can safely access your damaged car, take pictures of that damage. This will help you fight your insurance company if they try to deny your claim for the cost of repairs needed after an accident. It can be good to get pictures of every side of the car, and to include pictures of any obvious fluid leaks under the car.
If there was another vehicle involved in the collision, try to get pictures of that vehicle as well. This can protect you in case the other driver tries to claim that their vehicle was more severely damaged than it was and tries to send you a bill for repairs or even a replacement vehicle!
Get witness info
Try to talk to anyone who may have witnessed the accident, and ask them if you can get their name and contact information. This is especially important if you were not at fault, or if your case may be difficult to prove in court. For example, it can sound a bit suspicious if you tell a judge that you needed to swerve to avoid a squirrel and that's why you hit a parked car, since you obviously can't call on the squirrel to testify! However, an eyewitness may be able to back up your story of something another driver did to cause the accident, if there was an animal or other unexpected object in the road, and the like.
Always call an attorney
Never assume that you don't need an attorney for a vehicle accident, even if there were no injuries at the site and the accident was clearly not your fault. You may wind up being sued by someone whose property you've damaged or another driver at the accident site might claim at a later date that they were injured in the accident and then sue you for medical costs. You also might discover that you suffered injuries because of the accident, but simply didn't realise it at the time. In many cases, you have a limited amount of time to sue another driver for medical costs, so it's good to hire a motor vehicle accident lawyer and ensure your rights are protected.