Car Accidents Happen
Recently, I was driving on I-494 when a young girl began fish-tailing a couple cars in front of me. She careened across 2 lanes of traffic striking the concrete median. Her vehicle then spun and bounced back across 3 lanes of traffic, narrowly missing a large moving truck which was just ahead of me. Finally, her car came to a rest partly in the ditch and partly on the shoulder facing the wrong way into oncoming traffic.
After evaluating that she was ok, myself and another motorist assessed the damage. Thankfully, she hadn’t struck any other vehicles (or been struck) and was not injured in the ordeal.
Let’s face it – accidents happen. She wasn’t speeding or driving carelessly – the roads made for nasty driving! She had never had an accident before.
Her question was, “Now what?”
What To Do When You’re In A Car Accident
After an accident, most people are shook up. It’s hard to think clearly when your adrenaline is coursing through your veins. You might be thinking of how close a call it was. Your plans for the day are now drastically changed and you need to make some calls. Worse yet, there may be injuries.
Many of us have never been in an accident before, so it may be uncharted territory. What information should I gather? Should I call the police? What about the other people involved – do I need their information too? Even with minor fender benders – it is good to take certain steps especially when there are other motorists involved.
Here are some pointers on what to do following a car accident:
- Stay Calm – It doesn’t help to become emotional. This is a time to take a deep breath, collect your thoughts and think clearly. Bad situations are often made worse by people becoming overly emotional.
- See If Anyone Is Injured – Immediately assess the severity of the situation of yourself and the other passengers in your car. If other parties are involved, evaluate whether they are injured as well. It may be advisable to stay in the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Call 911 to activate emergency medical services if necessary.
- Collect Information – Documenting certain information is crucial following an accident. Events may seem cloudy later so putting a pen to paper is essential to record all the pertinent information. Write a short description of the accident. Describe the scenario and detail how many individuals are involved. Collect the driver information from the other vehicle.
Since the scene of an accident can be chaotic and stressful, we’ve compiled a simple packet that you can use if you are ever in an accident – keep it in your glove box to ensure that you’ll cover all the necessary steps in the event of an accident.
You can Download your Car Accident Kit –> Here