What to Do in the Case of a Car Accident
One in eight people will be in a motor vehicle crash this year, and despite all of the training, tests, caution, and years of experience on the road, nothing can prepare you for the harrowing feeling of being in a car accident. However, you can prepare yourself to be able to properly respond afterward, so the experts over at Middletown Honda have helped us create a guide to crash safety preparation.
Have the Basics Ready
Before you even set out on the road, there are several steps you can take to being ready for a collision.
Emergency / First Aid Kit
Storing a kit in your front glove compartment or somewhere you can easily reach is a simple prep that can save lives. While a basic emergency kit is essential, if you have room for non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, and a map to be kept within reach, store those too.
Sometimes preventing a serious injury is as simple as putting heavy objects on the floor instead of next to you or in the back seat. Make sure heavy items are secured so that if you are hit they won’t go flying.
Use the Safety Equipment
Most important of all is to simply wear your seatbelt. It saves lives — use it.
When the Accident Happens…
- - Stay calm. This is the most important thing, even if you’re the only one in the car.
- - If it’s safe and legal, move the car out of the way of traffic to prevent further pileups and help the flow of traffic.
- - Make sure everyone is all right and find out who needs medical attention, then call the police.
- - Gather everything you need to help the officers file an accident report- get the names, license plates, and accident narrative down, preferably on paper if you can.
- - Get all the other driver’s license numbers, and write them down.
- - Only after that has been done is it OK to exchange insurance information with the other drivers involved — but remember that any discussion of blame is to be reserved for the police, not the other parties.
Handle the Aftermath
The final step is to have your vehicle towed, and if it isn’t totaled you can usually have it delivered direct to a local body shop that you trust to handle repairs. In the meantime drive defensively, and hopefully you won’t be part of that unlucky 12.5% this year.