Tens of thousands of people die and millions receive significant injuries each year in car accidents. In fact, 2021 saw more than 42,000 deaths and 4 million injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents.
Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 20,000 accidents occur every day? With statistics like these, you should understand what you need to do if you get into a car accident.
Take calming breaths
After the accident occurs, your adrenaline starts flowing throughout your body, and it can hamper your ability to think and feel. Therefore, sit in your vehicle for a few minutes and take some deep breaths. Calm your mind and focus your thinking on breathing. When you calm down, search for personal injuries. Go through each part of your body and seek out pain and difficulty moving. Do not move from your vehicle or seat until you check yourself.
Assess the situation
Next, you need to assess your situation. Ask any passengers in your vehicle if they received injuries. Look at the accident scene and take photos. If the accident blocks traffic, try to move your vehicle to the side of the road after you have taken photos. Turn on your hazard lights and add road flares if you have them. Locate and get contact information from witnesses.
Contact the authorities
Even if the accident caused no injuries and only minor damage, you need to contact law enforcement. Answer all of law enforcement’s questions when they arrive on the scene, but avoid incriminating yourself by providing too much information or admitting fault.
Get medical treatment
Seek assessment from a medical professional. Your injuries may not show up right away, but they should receive treatment as quickly as possible.
For the best results, gather as much evidence as you can.