Road accidents are something that a lot of people have to go through at some stage of their lives. Not everyone does, but a lot of people do. You may have all the safety measures and precautions that a person could want, and yet misfortune may still visit you on the road. If you ever have the bad luck of being involved in some sort of incident on the road, here are five tips to help you out.
Make your Number One Priority Your Own Safety
It is important that the first person you think of when it comes to safety is yourself and any passengers in your car. Don’t worry about any damage that the car has taken on. That can be worried about further down the line. Some crashes may take place in areas that are more dangerous than normal. For example, a dimly lit road at night, or an icy road that has a lot of traffic on it. If this is ever the case, you will need to find a space that is empty or at least relatively safe. Doing this helps to avoid more accidents from taking place.
See Who Has Been Injured
After you have taken care of the first step, now you must evaluate if there has been any injury sustained by anybody who happened to be with you. You must not forget to assess how injured you yourself happen to be either. In the case of someone being injured, it is important that you call the emergency number and ask for an ambulance. Avoid getting into any dispute with the driver of the other vehicle, as this helps no-one.
Talk to the Police
This is the part where you talk to the cops. They will turn up at some point, and will want to know all about what happened. They need to file a report, and they will want to do this as soon as possible.
Make Notes As Soon As You Can
You may forget particular details later on, so get a piece of paper or preferably a note book. This is what you will be writing all your current recollections down onto. This will help you to make total recall when the time arises to tell people everything you remember. Things such as what the traffic was like at the time, what the weather was doing, who was with you. And if you can remember anything about what caused the accident this would be helpful. You can’t be expected to remember the other car’s licence plate number, but if you can you should write it down.
If you are not too injured, and if your phone is in working order, take some photos of the accident scene. It will be a huge help when it comes time to explain details about the crash at a later time. Evidence of your injuries will also be a great thing to have.