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Most people who have ever been in a road accident agree that the experience can be frightening. The potential for injury, heightened emotions, and general urgency are all factors that can induce panic in people who are involved in an accident. Nevertheless, remaining calm may save lives and make the process of gathering information following an accident much less stressful. Drivers should remember the following life-saving lessons in the event that they become involved in a road accident. Even witnesses may be of great assistance to the parties involved if they remember these post-accident tips.
Move to the Side of the Road
Accident victims are often caught in the moments following the collision event. However, traffic will continue to flow, and nearby vehicles may not be aware of the accident at first. If approaching vehicles do not react quickly enough, they may become involved in a secondary collision that may injure the parties involved in the initial accident or result in a pile-up and cause more injuries. If possible, people who are involved in an accident should move to the side of the road away from traffic to protect themselves and other drivers from secondary collisions.
Contact the Police
The first call accident victims should make after stopping their vehicles should be to the police and, if necessary, to emergency medical personnel. The emergency operator will typically dispatch the police and ask whether an ambulance is needed at the scene. Calling the police to the scene does not automatically mean someone will be arrested as car accidents are typically civil matters. However, the police can help accident victims document the facts of their accident case, which may be helpful when filling motor vehicle accident claims with their insurance companies. The police are also able to secure unsafe conditions the accident may have caused.
Undergo Medical Evaluation
One of the first questions accident victims are asked by emergency personnel arriving on the scene is whether there are any injuries. In some cases, injuries are apparent. However, in most cases, a person will typically feel worse after the accident than he or she did at the scene. Therefore, anyone who is involved in an accident should agree to be examined. Even if an accident only involves slight damage and the two parties agree not to call the police, it is highly recommended that all parties involved have a medical exam after the accident. Sometimes an accident may cause very severe internal injuries that do not initially show visible signs.
Check on the Other Parties
In addition to looking out for self, people who are involved in an accident should also check on each other. This is especially the case if a driver is incapacitated or otherwise seriously injured and unable to communicate or call for help. All drivers should ideally be evaluated for medical issues at the scene and transported to a medical facility if necessary. If one of the parties is completely incapacitated the other driver should immediately request medical personnel to transport the injured party to a hospital. In some cases, both drivers may be in a state of shock or physically injured, and a witness may need to help the drivers assess their injuries and contact the police and emergency medical personnel.
Upon coming to a stop, drivers who are involved in an accident should immediately exchange information. For starters, each driver should write down each other’s license plate number in addition to the make and model of the vehicle. If the drivers are able to speak with each other, they should exchange names, contact information, and insurance details. In some cases, a driver may not feel safe exiting the vehicle or communicating with the other driver. If either driver feels unsafe, they may simply call the police and wait until an officer arrives on the scene to facilitate the exchange of information. In addition to getting the other driver’s information, it is also important to take photos of the damage to each vehicle and of the accident scene, including the layout of the intersection, accident debris, and any traffic signals and signage and documenting all property damage along with the scene of the accident. The involved parties should also make an effort to get the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident as all these details will be helpful when filing an insurance claim.
When Someone is Injured
If someone is injured as a result of a road accident, that person must seek medical attention. First, it is important to seek medical attention for the purpose of receiving treatment and avoiding aggravating unknown injuries that may have been caused by the accident, and second, to document the injuries to support the driver’s insurance claim. Insurance companies generally require policy holders to provide documentation of his or her medical injuries prior to paying benefits.
The moments following an accident are often very stressful. The involved drivers may feel rushed and anxious as they attempt to move to a safe area and quickly assesses the damage the accident caused. Accidents can be physically and emotionally devastating; however, remaining calm should be a priority in these critical moments. When it comes to gathering photo evidence and information, more is always better. Claimants sometimes find the process of filing an insurance claim to be somewhat difficult; providing clear evidence of all injuries and property damage can make the process much smoother and help the claimant receive his or her insurance payout faster. When it comes to seeking medical attention, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Accidents often cause injuries that do not cause pain at first and may not be visible from the outside. Having a medical examination can help detect these injuries and allow for prompt treatment before the condition worsens. Undergoing medical examination is also necessary for injured parties who wish to file an insurance claim or even a lawsuit to receive compensation for medical expenses and personal injuries that occur as a result of the road accident. Whether experiencing an accident as an involved party or as a witness, it is important to gather as much information as possible and to ensure all parties receive the medical help they need.