What to do in the Aftermath of an Accident?
Car accidents will occur out of the blue – they can’t be predicted beforehand, so the only thing you can do is to be prepared for such situations in advance. God forbid you might never have to be in an accident, but it is better that you know what to do in the face of adversities.
A few useful pointers to keep in mind:
- If your injuries are not serious and it is safe to do so, try and move the vehicle to the side of the road so that it is not damaged further. In case you can’t move your car, turn on your hazards so that other drivers are warned that your vehicle is going to be stationed there for a while.
- Check to see if others have been injured – passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. Even if no one has been outwardly hurt, it is better to get medical attention to them as soon as possible. Sometimes internal injuries are not visible and manifest later on, which is why victims (including you) should be checked out by a professional.
- Shut off the ignition, shift into park mode or in the case of a manual, set the handbrake. Find out if you can get out safely by opening the door, and help others to climb out as well.
- This isn’t the time to play blame games. Assume responsibility and call the police because an official car accident report will be of great assistance when you file insurance claims. Cooperate with the police and let them do their job without undue interference.
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