The more you travel on the road, the more likely you are to be involved in or witness a car accident. When this happens, it may be easier to keep driving but adrenalin is likely to push you into making the decision to stop and help. Following these simple tips when you are feeling the overwhelmed urge to help victims and other travelers will keep everyone safe.
- Approaching an Accident Scene
When you approach an accident scene you will want to keep a level head and enter the scene both slowly and cautiously operating your own vehicle. This means pulling over to the shoulder of the road safely, turning on your hazard lights, and ensuring that your vehicle is far enough away from the scene that it will not cause danger to traffic. Make sure your vehicle is parked in a spot that will allow emergency personnel to access the area with ease.
Don’t put yourself in danger when you are getting in and out your vehicle. Walk with a slow yet urgent pace to the scene, making yourself aware of the surroundings. While being a good Samaritan is important, you don’t want to align yourself with other dangers like sharp objects, disoriented, confused or angry drivers, fires or flames, or broken glass.
- Assess the Situation Safely and Dial 911
Even if the wreck does not look too serious, it can quickly become a road hazard. It is important to let the authorities know of the accident as you arrive on scene. Dial 911 and tell the operator you’ve witnessed a car accident, and provide the address and any relevant details that will help emergency personnel come fully prepared.
If the accident scene is serious and presents a need for medical personnel, remember to try not to move any injured people unless emergency services instruct you to.
- Offer Assistance to Those in Need
You have already done the right thing by calling emergency crews and reporting the accident. It is OK to not have to be the hero, especially when there are many victims and the situation remains heightened with serious injuries. It is right to use your best judgment. Simply waiting on scene and collecting the story for investigators could be your greatest way to help.
- Take Notes and Become a Witness
It isn’t your job to decide fault upon any of the people involved, but you can be forthcoming by sharing the details of the event. When you arrive use your mobile device to take any photographs or collect your thoughts on paper about what you witnessed. Be prepared to provide these items to police. When you do speak with investigators, provide your contact information to them only. Don’t change the story, and always be honest.
- Carry On and Drive Safely
Following the crash, the police or investigators involved in the accident may need your statement for reporting, insurance or legal purposes. Being available to answer questions and confirm information will be helpful for everyone involved. When it is time for you to leave be sure you buckle up, stay off your mobile phone, and follow traffic laws to remove yourself safely from the scene.
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