You were following all the road safety tips and yet you find yourself in the middle of a road accident. You were quietly waiting for the light to turn green on an intersection when you felt a sudden jolt. Someone has just bumped your car from the rear end. You start to panic. Nobody ever gave you instructions on what to do after a car crash. What do you do now?
When you find yourself in a road accident, calm down. Here are a few things that you need to do first.
Step 1: Stop and take a deep breath. This will help you come down, so you will know what to do next. The calmer you are, the better prepared you will be to handle the situation at hand. Go down and make a sound judgement of whether the accident is a serious one or if it is something that will leave a few scratches on the bumper but nothing that you cannot handle.
Step 2: Make sure that you and the other passengers of your car are safe. If you cannot go out, it is best to call 911 Emergency for immediate medical help. They also have the experts that can take you out of the car and put you into a more comfortable environment.
Step 3: Report the incident immediately. Make a call to the people in your emergency list. They can help you get the right help that you need to rescue you from what happened. If you can call the traffic police, that would be good too. After all, you cannot just leave the accident scene without the go signal from the authorities.
Step 4: Take note of the driver’s information. Ask for the driver’s license of the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. You may also get the details of their insurance company, their policy number and the car plate. All these information will help you make the claim after.
Driving is probably one of the most dangerous things that one will ever have to do. There are more than 300,000 recorded deaths and injuries from motor crashes each year. And despite the continued education on road safety and awareness, the number of car accidents increases each year.
Although you have trained yourself to become the defensive driver that you are and that you only choose to be safe at all times, it is still important that you know what to do during a collision.