What To Do If You’re Involved in a Car Accident
It’s a situation many of us hope we never have to face – being involved in a car accident. Being in a car accident is never something someone expects to happen. Ask anyone who has been in one, and you’ll understand that it can be a very scary experience. Should you find yourself in a car accident, here are some steps to take.
Evaluate yourself. How are you? Check for cuts and other injuries before you move. If you can tell you’re seriously injured, remain in the vehicle (if safe). Witnesses and authorities will be able to get you the medical attention that you need.
Stay calm. It can be difficult in a stressful time to not let your emotions get the best of you; however, be sure to take a few deep breaths and gather yourself. In the coming minutes, you’re going to need to be able to speak with authorities as well as contact a friend or loved one to notify them of what has occurred. Additionally, check on any passengers and the other occupant(s) if your crash involves another vehicle(s).
Stay out of traffic. This applies more to minor, fender-bender car accidents, but if you’re able to move your car to the shoulder, do so. If your vehicle can’t be moved, wait for authorities to get there to assist in clearing it out of traffic.
Document everything. When you get home, write out a statement about what occurred – how fast you were going, the road conditions, what the other driver(s) did, what you told the police officer, etc. are all important pieces of information you’re going to need. For insurance purposes, it’s important to remain consistent in your statements about what occurred, and by writing it down, you can be sure you have everything covered. Keep a file with a record of who you spoke with and when, as well as any other pieces of information and data that are related to the accident.
Visit a chiropractor. Being involved in a car accident can leave you with very real injuries that need to be treated. Visit a chiropractor to have yourself evaluated to check to see if everything is okay, and if not, be sure to start a therapy plan. It’s important to treat injuries from car accidents when they’re “fresh” rather than when they’ve had time to set in.
While a car accident can be unavoidable, you can take measures to protect yourself – like driving a Honda! Honda has been on a mission to not only make their vehicles stylish, affordable, and efficient, but to also make them safe! Check out the crash tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has done on Hondas or read about Honda’s commitment to safety. Also, don’t forget to ALWAYS wear your seat belt!