What can I do to keep myself safe after having been involved in an auto accident?
While it is normal to be in a state of shock after being involved in an accident, it is important for you to remain calm and focus on the steps you need to take to ensure another accident doesn’t occur. Whether you may have been involved in an accident on the highway or on a roadway that is less busy, you need to be sure you do the following to help prevent any more incidents from occurring.
- If you can, safely move your vehicle out of the roadway so that it is not blocking the flow of traffic. In the event you are unable to move your vehicle, be sure you either put your hazard lights on, use flares, or place orange safety cones or warning triangles around the accident scene so that you alert other drivers that there has been a crash.
- If you sustained an injury, keep yourself stable so that you don’t increase the severity of the injury.
- If you or someone else is in need of immediate medical attention, call 911 right away. The quicker law enforcement officials and emergency medical personnel arrives on the scene, the quicker they can secure it and help prevent another car or truck from crashing into you or your damaged vehicle.
- If your vehicle is smoking or catches fire, move far away from it but avoid standing too close to the road. There are many distracted drivers out who are out and not paying attention. In 2016 alone, 3,450 lives were claimed in a distracted driving accident and you don’t want to become another statistic so always keep a safe distance from the roadway and other hazardous areas. [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration].
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