When you leave for work or a night out with friends, you don’t expect to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, these things usually happen when you least expect them.
After an accident, it’s not unusual to feel stressed, overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. If you are injured, you may be in a lot of pain and not thinking clearly. Learning how to stay safe after a car accident now will ensure you are prepared if you ever find yourself in this situation.
Take steps to keep yourself and others safe
After an accident, no matter how serious it is, your priority should be to get yourself and others to safety, if possible.
You can do a few things to keep everyone involved and others on the road safe. These include:
Handle your vehicle
If you can move your vehicle out of traffic and off the road, this is recommended. However, if you can’t for any reason, make sure to turn your hazard lights on so other drivers will see them as they approach the accident.
People who are seriously injured and cannot get out of the vehicle should stay put with their seatbelts on. Once emergency workers arrive, they can help you.
Check on others involved in the accident
If you can get out of your vehicle and move around, check on other drivers and passengers involved in the accident. Try to help anyone with an injury and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Avoid moving an injured person
If someone is injured, just stay with them until authorities arrive. Don’t try to move them as this could cause more serious injuries.
Staying safe after a car accident
Keeping yourself and others safe after an accident is important. Once the authorities arrive, they will take over. Helping others, even if they are at fault for the accident, is the responsible thing to do. Once you leave the scene of the accident, you can begin thinking about your legal options to recover compensation for injuries you have sustained due to negligence.