In 2013 alone, 2.31 million car crashes resulted in injuries in the U.S. You may think it will never happen to you because you’re a very careful driver who’s never gotten a ticket for a traffic violation. That may be true, but you’re not the only driver out there. Somebody may crash into your vehicle. Also, there is such a thing as mechanical failure. What if your car’s brakes fail or your tires blow up when you’re driving fast? While nobody ever wants to be involved in a vehicle accident, it’s always safer to be prepared for one. Here’s what to do in case it does happen.
Stay at the scene
Even if the accident is not particularly bad and nobody seems to hurt, do not leave the scene. Check yourself and your passengers, and check on the person in the other car. Exchange insurance information with the other person and call law enforcement. Help those who are injured. It’s a crime to walk away from the scene.
Call for an ambulance
The law enforcer may do this, but it doesn’t hurt to do it at once, even before calling the police. You have no way of knowing that everyone (including yourself) is fine. You might not feel anything different, but that could just be shocked. After the police say you may leave, or after the EMT says you’re good, it will not hurt to visit a chiropractor; whiplash isn’t always immediately felt, according to Denver Integrated Spine Center.
Don’t put the blame on anyone
Even if you know it’s your fault, don’t tell people this. If it’s the other person’s fault, still just ask them if they’re OK. Don’t point a finger. Don’t lose your cool. If you admit blame, you might be putting yourself in trouble. If you blame the other person, you’re likely to start a fight. Let the investigation determine this. The scene is not the place to start talking too much about who’s to blame. Call your insurance as soon as possible. If you think you are or might be at fault, call your lawyer.