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Surviving a Car Wreck

by | Aug 4, 2022 | Car Accidents

Surviving a Car Wreck

There are lots of things to know about how to survive a car wreck.

The most important steps to know about how to survive a car accident include:

  • Focus on the road
  • Don’t speed
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • Avoid distractions like eating, texting, and talking on the phone
  • Pay extra attention at lights and intersections
  • Watch out for pedestrians on bikes or motorcycles

Always Focus On Your Driving

Don’t rely on other people or cars to walk or drive around safely. You should always stay aware of what is happening around you. If you’re alert, you can usually see a potential accident before it happens and avoid it entirely. 

Don’t Speed

This is particularly important in residential neighborhoods where a child or animal could run into the road. Speeding also causes more severe injuries if you are to get in a car wreck.

Wear Your Seatbelt

Seatbelts are still the best way to prevent injury during an auto collision.

Avoid Distractions While Driving

Avoid eating, texting, or doing anything that takes your attention away from the road. Even using a hands-free device to talk on the phone can be distracting. 

Pay Extra Attention at Intersections

Be prepared to take evasive action if another driver runs a red light or pedestrian steps into the street. Many avoidable collisions happen at intersections.

Look out for Bicyclists and Motorcyclists

In most accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles, the driver in the car did not see them.

What to Do After a Car Crash?

A car wreck is one of the scariest things that can happen to you. For minor collisions, an exchange of insurance information between drivers is often enough. However, when you’ve been involved in a serious car accident, you’ll want to take some immediate, key steps to be safe, avoid criminal charges, and protect your finances:

  1. Remain at the scene of the accident and obtain the facts. No matter how dazed or scared you are, stay at the scene of the wreck. Emotions can be high after an accident, and it’s important to try and remain calm. If you have other occupants in your car, your calmness will help them to feel safer. Your own calmness will help keep the emotions of others in your vehicle under control.
  2. Do not leave the scene of the accident. If you leave the site of a car crash, you can be charged with hit-and-run. If you must move your car out of the road, move it to a safe spot as close to the scene of the wreck as possible.
  3. Check to see if other passengers in your vehicle are injured, if you are physically able to do so. If everybody’s okay in your car, you can check to see if occupants of other vehicles need help.
  4. Call 911 for medical assistance.
  5. Do not say anything to anyone at the car accident scene regarding:
    • How fast you were driving
    • What you were doing
    • Whether your car works right
    • Whether you think you caused the accident
    • How badly you think you are hurt

Ultimately, you can’t know exactly what caused the accident, even if you think you’re 100% sure. In the majority of accidents, both drivers are at least partially responsible. Let the police and investigators that arrive at the scene determine fault. 

 

Attorney T.J. Smith

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