Car Crash Tips
If you don’t know how to respond correctly, the repercussions of an accident can be as frightening as the incident itself.
Have you ever been in a car accident? If you don’t know how to respond correctly, the repercussions of that accident can be as frightening as the incident itself. In the first part of our two-part series, we explore how to react when you get into an accident.
1. Check for injuries
At first, you may not realize you’re injured. This happens because you’re stressed and your body releases endorphins, which stop pain signals from traveling to your brain. While potentially moving to a safer area is important, it’s also crucial you don’t further injure yourself. Quickly check for injuries before proceeding.
2. Move to a safe area
If you get into a car accident, the last thing you should do is immediately step out of your car. All too often, drivers leave their cars and are struck again by passing vehicles. This is easily avoidable by staying in your vehicle, and, if possible, driving to the shoulder of the road or a nearby side street.
These rules obviously don’t apply if your car is smoking or on fire. In this case, your car presents the most immediate threat to your safety. Before exiting your vehicle, ensure it’s safe to do so. Then, head to an area far away
When you’re in a car accident, remember to stay calm and move to a safe area when you can.
3. Check others for injuries
Once you and the other driver have moved to a safe area, check to see if he or she is injured. First and foremost, the most important thing is that everyone involved in the accident is ok. However, checking the other driver for injuries also plays a crucial part in your recorded statement to authorities and insurance companies. By obtaining a recorded statement at the scene that the other driver and any passengers are ok, you better protect yourself from lawsuits down the road.
If you’ve been in a car accident in Utah, there are ways to protect yourself after the accident. Call The Advocates. We’d be happy to guide you.