What to do if you are in a car accident

Each year, there are many car accidents on Tennessee roads. Of course, they can involve other vehicles as well, such as trucks, motorcycles, recreation vehicles, SUVS and bicycles. Even careful drivers and their passengers can become victims if drivers around them aren’t also being careful or if there are problematic road or weather conditions. For all of those reasons, it is important for families to know what to do in the event of a car crash.

One important consideration is staying as calm as possible. You will need to make important decisions to maximize the safety of yourself and your family. It may be tough to stay calm, cool and collected, but it is necessary. It can literally save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Once you survey the situation, you’ll need to determine if you need to get away from the vehicle or stay in it. Considerations can include risk of fire and the possibility of being hit by more vehicles if yours is blocking traffic. If you’re not sure, exercise maximum caution. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Once you’ve made sure that you’re safe from further risk, check yourself and those you are with for injuries. Some may need to be tended to right away. Also, recognize that without medical training, you won’t be able to make a full assessment of your condition. For that reason, it is best to call for help and make sure that everyone gets looked over by medical professionals as soon as possible. You’ll also want to call local authorities to report the crash, and someone to deal with the damage to your vehicle.

By following these tips, you can significantly increase your opportunity for minimizing some of the problems that can result from being in a car accident. However, after immediate needs are taken care, such as medical care, it would be wise to consider how to hold the person responsible for the crash accountable for his or her actions.

Source: Kids Health, “What to Do After a Car Crash” accessed Mar. 04, 2015