Statistics indicate that approximately six million car accidents occur annually in the US. The good news is that a majority of these car accidents involve damage to the cars but don’t harm the driver or passengers. However, this is a huge number of accidents and the chance of you, at some point, being implicated in an accident is high. After an accident, the parties involved may have flared emotions and act irrationally due to the confused state they might be in.
However, how you react when implicated in a car accident is very important for legal and safety purposes. Here are a few recommendations on how you should react when implicated in a road accident.
Check for Injuries
Your health and that of the other people involved in the accident is paramount. Before you do anything, scan your body and see if you’re bleeding. Try to move your body to detect any internal pains.
If you find that you are injured, it is best to do some first aid if the injuries are not very serious. It is also important to inspect the other car and ensure that the people inside aren’t injured. If you notice any injuries that are not very serious, administer first aid.
A word of caution, though, if you suspect serious injuries, never attempt to drag victims out of their cars. You may end up damaging body tissue and aggravating the injuries.
Safeguard the Site of the Accident
When you are involved or implicated in a car accident, you should never run away from the scene of the accident however minor the accident might appear. Driving away from the scene of an accident can have legal repercussions.
If possible, leave the position of the cars intact and switch on your hazard lights to notify oncoming traffic to be cautious. If you have a caution road sign, place it strategically on the road to alert other motorists.
You can also take pictures of the scene of the accident which can be used later as evidence if you are forced to drive your cars off the road.
Call your auto accident attorney in case you might need legal advice and also to provide guidance for your auto insurance claim. You may also want to call the police to inspect the scene of the accident.
Give an Accurate Account of Events
Once the police arrive at the scene of the accident, they are likely to ask for an account of what transpired. Try to give an accurate account of events. If the investigating officer asks a question that you don’t know the answer to, tell him so.
Avoid making assumptions and speculating on the details of how the accident happened. In most cases, you might be shocked and not realize you are injured until much later. If you’re not sure whether you’re hurt or not, tell that to the investigating officer. Be objective when answering the police officer’s questions, but be as cooperative as possible.
Car accidents occur every day on American roads. If you get caught up in a car accident, keep the above tips in mind.