What to do if you're involved in a car accident?
Would you wish a road crash upon yourself? Of course not. But life happens. Find out effective steps to take if you ever get involved in a road crash!
No one wishes to be involved in a road crash. As you step into your car and drive off, there is no inkling of danger ahead. You just want to drive safely and return home safely. One minute, you are moving smoothly, and the next minute, you cannot explain what is happening. And before you could say Jack, a crash has happened. It takes just a second for something to go wrong on the road and for the worst to happen.
As much as some of us like to think that an accident is as a result of our “village people” at work, sometimes, it is not. Misfortunes happen in life. Good things happen to bad people. Sounds unfair, but that is the reality. And the earlier we come to terms with it, the better.
When an accident happens, and you are alive to see the aftermath, you should first of all, be thankful to God for sparing your life. Many people have gone to the great beyond due to their involvement in road crashes. So, what exactly do you do after a crash?
1. Be prepared beforehand
No, I am not wishing a car crash upon you. As a matter of fact, it is our wish at Naijacarnews that you do not get involved in any crashes. But a proactive strategy always triumphs a reactive one. You need to ensure that you have some vital tools on ground if you ever get involved in an accident.
A fatal road accident scene with victims
Have a pen and a piece of paper in your car always. If after the crash, you are strong enough to take note of things, the pen will be handy to put down details to help relevant authorities in their investigation. You will also need a smart phone with a decent camera to take pictures of the accident scene for concerned parties to have a look.
A first aid kit will also be helpful to treat minor injuries that may arise from the crash before medical attention is brought to you.
2. Check for injuries
The preparedness discussed above is a proactive strategy before the crash. The moment a crash occurs, the safety of lives should be your priority. First and foremost, check your body thoroughly for injuries. Did you sustain injuries? Are you bleeding? If you still have some strength, check other passengers, if there is anyone in the car with you at the time of the accident. Is anyone stuck in a tight position? Help them out. The idea is to do the little you can by ensuring that everyone is temporarily out of harm’s way before help arrives.
3. Move to a safe location
In the course of the accident, the car most likely somersaulted or collided with an object. If it has not caught fire already, there is the possibility that it will catch fire. Whatever the case may be, you should not take chances. Move to a safe distance from the crash scene. If any passenger is badly injured and cannot move by themselves, help them out. That way, you will not be affected should there be an explosion.
4. Call for help
If the accident occurred in an area where there are people, chances of people coming to your aid immediately are high. This will help you to relax from the traumatic experience. But if it is in an isolated area, you need to get help immediately. From your safe distance, make use of your mobile phone, hopefully, it was not damaged in the crash. Some states in the country have emergency response teams. If you have their number, you can call them. However, you might want to call your family or friends who are close to the accident scene. These are people who truly care about you, and would run to your rescue immediately.
Many road accidents' victims died because of improper initial treatment at scene
If you cannot call anyone, get help from strangers. Try to stop cars moving along. Since you are not too far from the accident scene, a good Samaritan, seeing what has happened, might be willing to help.
5. Use the first aid box
The first aid box you kept in your car before the accident occurred could be a life saver. As you wait for help, use it to treat serious injuries or bleedings. A simple first aid treatment administered can keep a badly injured victim alive before help arrives. You may not be a doctor, but it is advisable to get acquainted with basic first aid treatment skills.
6. Take pictures
When help arrives, and you are sure you are in good hands, if you have insurance, you should go take pictures of the accident scene as evidence to your insurance company. Ensure that every angle of the scene is well captured. If there is any other vehicle involved in the crash, take pictures of them too.
Get the full details of the other parties. Information to collect include: full name, address, email address, car model and year, car plate number etc. Your insurance company will need all these details to investigate and process your claim.
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