Car crashes are never pleasant affairs, and sometimes they are absolutely the direct opposite as opposed to simply mildly distressing. However, if the crash is less than severe and you are able to respond to the situation, you should follow these upcoming guidelines for the best tips and tricks to help you overcome this difficult, painful situation.
First, you should stay in your car and make sure that no other traffic collisions take place as a result of the car accident you have just been a party too. Sometimes hang ups on especially high-speed highways can lead to devastating difficulties a little later, so instead of bounding outside of your car at the first instance you can (provided the car isn’t at risk of fire or entrapment,) you should stay put and calmly assess the situation. You can do that by the following means:
Check all of the passengers in your car and make sure that they are okay. Get them to perform a simple following of your finger and gaze the direction of their eyesight. If they have trouble keeping up with it, it could signify a visual or neurological impairment, or simply the fact that they have gone into shock. If they cannot follow the finger adequately, then you should act as the caregiver, because their rational faculties might not be at 100%. If anyone in your car experiences neck pain, back pain, or some other form of debilitating pain then they shouldn’t be moved until an emergency medical professional is on hand to remove them from the car in the correct, least damaging way.
After this check has been done, get out of your car, remove any passengers if necessary (as long as you’re at the side of a road that isn’t too busy,) and check the damage to your vehicle. Check if anything is in danger of setting on fire or if any oil is leaking. If it is, you must stay a safe distance away from the vehicle. This should be anywhere from 100m to 200m in distance. Instead of continuing, move on directly to step 3. If the car is safe, then this is the time to check that the driver and other occupants of the opposing vehicle involved are okay. If not, lend assistance to the best of your ability, doing your best to wisely avoid impeding the medical requirements of the injuries sustained.
Never get angry. Never.
It is never worth it, and can bring with it a whole host of badwill and legal trouble that a difficult situation such as a car crash is best off not being added to. That being said, it is perfectly fine to take pictures of both or all of the vehicles involved for your legal records and insurance, to prove that the damage was how you claim it is, or to disprove various claims made that are exaggerated by the opposing party.
First of all, inform the police immediately. They will be able to contact the relevant highway authorities to come and help tidy the wreckage if there is one, and any other debris off the road. They will also be able to move you to a safe location where you can discuss where to go from here. The police will also come and take pictures of the damages, and get the statements to some degree from everything involved, so long as they are available and able to talk.
Exchange information such as contact details, insurance numbers and any other relevant details to the other party and the police. This is the important first step in making sure you are both correctly and adequately compensated for the damages that have taken place. There is no shame to get cashed out for your unfortunate car accident. Again, we’d like to emphasize the professional manner in which you should hand your information over. A little goodwill and apology can go far in helping you both come to a rational and reasonable conclusion. If you believe you are at fault, don’t admit it here. You may incriminate yourself without knowing the full details of the crash. Instead of apologizing for your actions, apologize for the fact that the event happened, and genuinely wish them goodwill following their recuperation from the situation.
If you have to receive any form of therapy or medical expertise following the crash, it’s important to keep track of these records and make sure that you present this in the corresponding court case (if one occurs.) In any case, it’s worth forwarding this information on to your insurance company and police if they are still involved with the case.