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What To Do In Case Of An Auto Accident
Life is unpredictable. One minute you could be listening to your favorite morning podcast during your commute, thinking of your 11 o’clock meeting, and the next minute you could be the witness to an accident. While it’s easy to diffuse responsibility, your conscience might be telling you to pull over and help. It’s a tough decision to make, especially if you think anyone involved in the accident might be hurt. If you do happen to witness an accident, here’s what you might be able to do to help.
First off, remove yourself from any possible source of danger. Don’t get too close to the vehicle if you’re not certain it’s safe. In the event of any accident, especially a more serious one, it is completely possible that there will be flames, fire, or combustibles. Keep yourself at a safe physical distance until an EMT, firefighter, or police officer arrives at the scene. Before exiting your vehicle, make sure you’re not in the middle of traffic, and your car is left in a place it won’t be struck or block any emergency vehicles.
Call 911. If you think someone was injured in the accident, call 911. Do NOT move an injured person. Moving someone who is injured can turn a minor injury into a major one. If you do think it’s safe to approach the vehicle, you can try to make the victims as comfortable as possible without moving them. Consider letting them know you’ve called 911, and that there are professionals on the way to help them.
When the police do arrive, they will most likely ask you to give a statement, including your name and address. If there are questions about who is at fault, you may be called in to make a statement as a witness in the future. It’s important to recall the scene as accurately and honestly as you’re able to remember it. Only provide relevant and consistent facts, and understand that it’s likely you’ll be contacted as a witness by legal and medical authorities and possibly insurance claims agents.