Do you Know the Best Course of Action During an Automotive Accident?
Statistics show that over 1.25 million people die annually from automobile-related accidents, translating to at least 3,287 deaths daily. Further, another 20 to 50 million people are left disabled or severely injured and incapacitated from these accidents. Having said that, many people end up frustrated and confused not knowing what to do or where to start when involved in a car accident. How about you learn some dos and don’ts for your personal safety to avoid making very costly mistakes that may affect the outcome of your case. Here is a simple guide of the most basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind always should you find yourself in such an automobile accident.
First and foremost, always call the police as the first point of action when involved in an accident. No doubt the police will come in handy especially in helping you seek medical attention and also in gathering the bits and pieces to make the accident. You can bet their notes, comments and details about the scene of the accident will be admissible in a court of law should the case go to trial.
The other thing not to do would be not to leave the accident scene until police arrive unless of course, your life is on the line and urgent medical attention is required. You can bet the cost of leaving that scene of the accident would be more severe and the consequences adverse, even if the other party decides to leave. It is imperative you ensure the scene of the accident is fully protected until the police give a go ahead unless of course, your physical injuries are more than you can bear. It is also advisable you take images and clips of the scene of the accident with the use of a camera or even your mobile phone. It is also important you set up the flares, turn the flashers on, put on the headlights or have a flashlight illuminating the accident scene lest other vehicles ram into the scene and worsen the situation.
Always ensure you seek medical attention even if there are no physical injuries and bruises that are visible. Remember, most of the internal injuries may not be seen or felt until after a couple of weeks so take the time to understand and learn more about the same. A good doctor should check any possible soft tissue injuries or internal bleeding that may compromise on your system’s functionality in future. Are their witnesses around the accident scene that are willing to share their contact details?