Nobody wants to be involved in an auto accident. But sometimes, different factors may contribute to a road mishap, such as drunk driving, sleepiness, disorientation, or sometimes a simple mistake. You don’t want to cause an accident, but you don’t want to be the victim in one, either. Every driver should be prepared, however, as preparation may save a life.
Here’s what you should do if you are ever in a car accident.
Panicking can lead to more danger in just about any situation, including a car accident. Calm yourself down before doing anything else. Check for any injuries. See to your passengers, if there are any. Ask them if they are all right. Ask the other driver too, regardless of whose fault you think it is.
Move Your Vehicle to Safety
If the position or location of your vehicle can pose a threat to other drivers, take quick pictures with your phone and then move your vehicle to the side. Place flares or reflective triangles to warn approaching vehicles. Turn on your hazard lights, whether or not you can move the car. If you can’t move it or leave it, wear your seatbelt and wait for help to arrive.
Call Your Lawyer
There are some people you need to call as soon as you’re able, including your loved ones and your insurance company. For minor injuries, you may file a claim yourself. If the insurance company is trying to wiggle its way out of the compensation, or if you have sustained severe injury, it is best to get a lawyer specializing in personal injury claims, as they have the experience and the knowledge to deal with the situation.
Have Yourself Checked
Some injuries you may not feel immediately. It is safer to get yourself checked by a doctor as soon as you can, even if you do not appear to have any injuries. There is a limit to how long you can present the results of your checkup if you are filing a case against an insurance company. Plus of course, it’s best to be cautious, for your own sake.
If you are ever in a car accident, remember these tips. They may save your life, or at least save you from more headaches in the future.