Being involved in a vehicle accident can be a stressful experience. We consulted with a major automotive manufacturer on the steps that they instruct their employees to take should they ever have the unfortunate experience of being in a crash.
Best Accident Procedures To Follow
The following tips are considered best practices by fleet operators and auto manufacturers.
Get help for the injured.
If someone is visibly or verbally expresses that they are injured, get them help. If it’s a critical situation, administer first aid, and get help at the first opportunity. Please do not move the injured party unless their life is in immediate danger.
Watch your step.
Be careful not to walk in the path of oncoming traffic or into spilled fuilds.
Do not leave the scene.
If the accident is minor, such as a fender bender exchange contact information with the other driver. However, if there is an injury or if any of the vehicles is inoperative safely, stay at the scene until help arrives.
Write down all the important information.
This simple act will help to calm you down. Take note of the location, street names, landmarks, road conditions, and other points that will help you remember. Keep a pencil and a small notebook in your glove box.
Do not accept money or agree to forget about the accident.
Having an accident is very stressful and you will likely not be thinking clearly. If someone offers money or asks to forget about be polite by insisting on exchanging contact information.
Do not drive your vehicle if you feel it’s unsafe.
If the vehicle can start, at a minimum, move your car to a safe location and arrange for a tow. Many times accidents render a vehicle with unseen damage, and driving it will only make it worse.
File a Police Report at the First Opportunity
When reporting the accident to the police follow the laws of that state in which the accident occurred. If you file an insurance claim, chances are your insurance carrier will require a filed police report.
Before You Leave the Scene
Check your notes, be sure you haven’t forgotten anything. The more information and details you record the easier it will be to remember the next hour or days ahead.
The number one cause of car crashes is impaired driving
Despite high fines, incarceration, and ongoing government efforts to prevent drunk driving, driver impairment the leading cause of car wrecks. Over the years, copious campaigns have prompted motorists not to drink and drive and stay sober before operating a motor vehicle. Each year over 2.5 million people are injured or disabled in car accidents. Regardless of awareness campaigns to curb it from happening, drunk driving remains a leading cause of car accidents and traffic fatalities.
Benefits of wearing a seat belt in a car crash
According to a leading law firm, we found the following factoids about seat belt use.
- In 2019, 47% of people unrestrained were killed.
- In 2017 14,955 lives were saved by seat belts.
- Wearing seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45% in a crash.
- The risk of critical injury can be cut in half by wearing a seat belt.
- Finally, we were amazed to learn that drivers and passengers not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
The elderly are more likely to be injured or killed in a car accident
Data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) and the Centers for Decease Control, (CDC) reviled statistics that show that senior citizens are more likely to be killed or injured in serious car crashes.
- In 2018, 19% or 6,900 older adults age 65 and older were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
- In 2017, there were almost 44 million licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States. This is a 63% increase from 1999. There were 43.6 million licensed older drivers in 2017—a 35-percent increase from 10 years earlier (2008)
- In 2017 over 257,000 older adults (65+) were treated in emergency departments for motor vehicle crash injuries.
- 74% of fatalities in crashes involving more seasoned people occurred in the daytime.
- Florida had the highest number of fatalities of people 65+ in 2015.
What you can do if you have had a accident
Experiencing a car crash is a nerve-wracking experience. What’s worse is the time you will have to spend in order to get your vehicle back into service and the expense to get it back into showroom shape. Here are 10 tips and suggestions to get you back on your way.
11 Things To Do If Your Car Got Damaged
Have you just got into an accident? Just damaged your car on your own and walked to your car and realise it has been broken in? Here is a bunch of advice so you know what to do and how to do it, from the moment you realise there is an issue to the moment you think about what to do to prevent such thing from happening again.
In this moment of shock, between the adrenaline pumping through your veins and panicky thoughts racing through your mind, what should you do?
If you follow these 5 steps, this should be sorted out pretty quickly:
- Call the police
- Asses your belongings
- Look for eye witnesses or check CCTV
- Contact your insurance provider
- Get your car fixed
If you are after ways to prevent your car from being broken in consider the following:
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Let's say you got into an accident and your windscreen is chipped. What are you supposed to do?
You now have to find out if you have to either repair your windscreen or get it replaced as simply ignoring the issue won’t make it disappear.
It is vital that the damage is tended to immediately as prolonging the issue may be detrimental to not only your own safety but to others on the road. Even a simple chip can have catastrophic effect overall if you happen to drive on a bump or get a rock thrown in high speed againt your windscreen.
View the main reasons why an autoglass professional will recommend you to replace even if the chip appears small.
Western Australia has decided to implement steeper fines and harsher penalties for those who are caught using the mobile while driving. Why is that? Inattention has been one of the main reason for car accidents in WA in 2019.
Don't be on your phone while driving, it's that simple.
There are many ways a thief can steal your car, especially now with keyless remote technology opening up a gateway for hackers. So how does one protect their vehicle?
If your car got injured and you are now after cart parts, you might wonder a few things:
- where do I purchase car parts?
- should I go for second-hand parts?
- do i got to a spare parts retailer or should I look at sourcing the parts from car wreckers?
To help make sure you end up with the right car part, save time and money, we’ve created a used spare parts checklist.
Whether it’s your first car or your second, it seems like buying a second hand car never gets any easier. While you’re hoping to spend less than you would normally on a new car, you’re still after something safe and reliable. Here is a second-hand car buying checklist you can refer to.
When it comes to replacing your windscreen, it’s fairly simple. But what about that tiny glass panel that’s attached to your rear door window? Ask for an accurate quote for car windows and winsdscreen replacement by knowing all the proper name to start with.
If you drive a silver, red or grey coloured car, it might be the reason why your insurance premium is a little on the expensive side. But then... why? As it happens, the colour of your car is related to how likely you might have an accident.
Having this in mind, save on insurance premium and get your fellow drivers attention by changing the colour of your car to the safest colour: orange.
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Note: This site offers only suggestions and editorial content. It does not constitute legal, health or financial advice. Consult with a professional for specific questions in your situation.