It doesn’t matter whether you just got your car or whether you have been hitting the roads for the last ten years – keep your eyes open as accidents can happen. Most drivers get involved in a car accident at least once in their life, which is why it is essential to know how to deal with a car accident or an accident injury.
Mental preparation is essential for handling a tense situation calmly and efficiently without accelerating the problems and making it worse for every person involved in the accident.
Here is how to stay calm during a car accident:
Step 1: Remain Calm
Being in a car accident is a challenging situation for everyone involved, and heightened emotions will only add to the problems, which is why it is essential to take deep breaths to keep a balanced head.
If other people are involved in the accident, try to cooperate with them to avoid increased chaos and confusion. However, it is essential to understand that in no way should you apologize and admit your fault – leave this part for the court and local authorities to decide.
Besides, don’t mistake leaving the scene as this will be held against you later and treated as a crime.
Step 2: Assess the Situation
In case of injury, we recommend staying calm and still. If you feel good and confident to move around, you can park your car on the side and help other involved passengers to get to a safe place. However, any passenger suffering from back or neck pain shouldn’t be moved and kept as still as possible.
While waiting for medical help, assess the situation and document anything that can be of use later.
Step 3: Assess the Potential Scene of the Accident
If the hazard lights in your car are working, you can turn them on to warn the coming traffic about the accident. If you have cones with you, place them around the crash site to avoid further complications, as you wouldn’t want more cars crashing into yours.
If you detect smoke and serious damage to structures, such as poles and fences, call for assistance right away.
Step 4: Call Your Lawyer & Help
Since you won’t be able to get back to the crash site, we recommend documenting everything right there while you can. There is a great chance that you won’t be able to remember the details of the accident later.
In case of smoke and injury, you obviously need to call for assistance right away. You might want to call the fire brigade, the police, and the ambulance. Never assume that someone else might have called for help. You need to do it yourself.
The most important task to remain calm and keep a level head is to call your lawyer and tell him what is happening. Instead of arguing with other people about whose fault it is, or, instead of discussing the accident with the police, allow the lawyer to handle it.