Being involved in a car accident is scary for anyone. Many people are lucky enough to never experience one or to only have experience with minor accidents. For others, though, it becomes too real when suddenly they find themselves in a smashed car with injuries and possible concerns about their further safety. Because accidents are so unpredictable and nobody can be assured they will never be involved in one, every driver should know the basics of what to do after an accident.
Consumer reports notes the single most important thing to do in an accident situation is to keep a calm demeanor. Getting upset will only lead to more problems. A person who is upset could put themselves or others in more danger and escalate an already bad situation. Beyond that, drivers should also remain at the scene. Leaving also compounds the problem and could lead to criminal charges.
One of the first things a person will probably automatically do is ask any passengers if they are okay. Checking out the well being of everyone in the vehicle is important to assess the extent of injuries and know where to direct paramedics when they arrive. If there is an immediate risk, such as a gasoline leak, a fire or the vehicle is in a dangerous location or position, then a driver should leave the vehicle and get all passengers out.
Finally, Statefarm advises if possible, all involved in the car accident should leave the roadway and stand off to the side away from traffic. Law enforcement and medical help should be called and information from the other driver should be gathered. If a driver can, he or she should also take pictures of the accident scene, too.