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Chargers RB Ryan Matthews Injured in Car Accident

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By Andrew Lu on August 02, 2012 1:45 PM

The San Diego Chargers' Ryan Matthews suffered minor injuries after getting into a car accident. He's listed as day to day for practice.

As he got onto a highway this week, the running back says he lost control of his BMW and struck another car, reports The Associated Press.

Matthews describes the accident as a "freak thing that happened." The California Highway Patrol officer believes that Matthews may have been driving too fast at the time of the accident.

Matthews was returning home from the movie theater at the time of the accident and he says he was driving down a familiar stretch of road. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, and the driver of the other car was not injured. As a result of the accident, Matthews says he banged his elbow and feels as if he just played "about four games," reports the AP.

As Matthews apparently remained at the scene of the accident, it seems that the star running back followed the cardinal rule of what to do immediately following a car accident.

Generally, there are several steps that one should take following a car accident. The first and most important step is to remain at the scene of the accident. Fleeing the accident scene will only lead to more trouble. Next, you should move to a safe place and check to make sure that everyone involved in the accident is okay.

After these initial steps, you will want to exchange information with the other driver and possibly seek out witnesses. If there is property damage or injuries, you will want to contact the police and appropriate authorities.

Ryan Matthews appears to have followed the proper protocols following his car accident. The running back is expected to miss only a few practices with the team.

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