Four Tips That Can Save Lives In The Event Of A Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can definitely be traumatic, especially if you have never been involved in one before. However, taking a second or two to take a breath to evaluate the situation is the best way to handle it, as well as preparing for it beforehand. After all, car accidents are extremely common, so you never know when it could happen to you. And since lives can be put in danger if the accident is not handled correctly, you want to consider these four tips that can help save lives in the event of a car accident:

  1. Move Somewhere Safe: If you are able to move your vehicle to the side of the road, that's the best way to stay safe, as well as keep your vehicle safe. However, if you are unable to move your car, you need to at least move yourself to the side of the road and leave your car where it is. Definitely, do not move your car if there is a fire or someone trapped inside. 
  2. Check on Others Involved: Once you are sure that you're okay, be sure that you check on the others involved. You need to know the right information, after all, to ensure that the right people show up to provide the care and attention that is needed. If someone is hurt, you need to know so that you can let the emergency services know that an ambulance is needed. If you were the cause of an accident, for legal reasons don't apologize for any injuries caused, especially if it's unclear who was directly involved, but simply get them the help that they need. 
  3. Have a Charged Cell Phone: This is something you need to prepare for beforehand. Before getting behind the wheel, it's important that you have a charged cell phone. This is going to ensure that you are able to call the police to the scene right away rather than having to find a phone to borrow or walk to a phone box. You also want to use your cell phone to document the scene for legal and insurance reasons. Cell phones are invaluable nowadays, especially in emergency situations. 
  4. Don't Travel With Loose Items: Any small loose items, such as tools, papers, and more should be stored properly in the glove compartment or another storage area. Any loose items can be dangerous in the event of a car accident and can even lead to more serious injuries. 

With these four tips, you are less likely to be dealing with serious harm to others and ensure that everyone gets the help that they need in a reasonable amount of time. To learn more, contact a law firm like McMenamin & McMenamin, PS