Car accidents happen. Whether they happen on the way to work, during a road trip, or coming back from a day at the zoo, it’s necessary to follow up with medical attention and legal representation to make sure that you get the care and resources that you need.
After the crash
The aftermath of a crash is filled with anxiety, worry, and pain. You and your family members still have adrenaline coursing through your bodies, which can make it difficult to think and act quickly. If young children are at the scene, your primary concern may be to protect and shield them from the trauma at the scene. It is important to assess the situation and care for yourself and others to ensure that you are taken care of in the days and weeks after the accident. Follow these tips for post-accident healing and recovery:
Stay at the scene
It is a legal necessity to stay at the crash scene until the police arrive. If you are able to move your vehicle to a safer location, do what you can to get it off the road. Avoid getting out of your car if you can; if injuries are too grave to move, call for help or use your cell phone to dial someone for added support. If your vehicle is smoking or on fire, do what you can to exit the vehicle and stay a safe distance away until emergency help arrives.
Check all passengers
Check all passengers in your vehicle. Try to avoid moving anyone unless they are in danger of more serious injury. Some passengers may be in a state of shock, and this can disguise other injuries; assess the situation as efficiently as you can. If passengers are unconscious, check for breathing and administer a medical response if you are trained to do so. Continue to monitor and assess all people at the scene until help arrives.
Consider calling an attorney
If you suspect that you might have some trouble reporting the accident, or if the accident was the result of negligence on the part of the other driver, you may want to call an attorney to represent you. Many insurance companies will offer compensation, but often the cost of medical bills and having to take time off work to care for yourself and others that have been injured is something they won’t cover. An accident attorney will you get the compensation you deserve, for they will be able to negotiate on your behalf to get other expenses covered so that you can focus on taking the time and healing that you and your family members need.
Call emergency assistance
Call 911 for help, if possible. Give as much information as you can, including your location, the number of people involved, and the make and model of your vehicle. Let emergency responders know if people are seriously injured or unresponsive; they may have instructions on how to care for accident victims until they are able to take over.
It’s not only important for you to remain calm, but it’s also essential that you help to keep kids at the scene calm as well. As much as you may want to comfort them by taking them out of their car seats, refrain from doing so unless they are unconscious and not breathing. Continue talking to them and soothing them until help arrives, and stay as calm as you can to help ease their fears.
Call your insurance company
As soon as you can, call your insurance company to report the accident. Give as much information as you can as you file a claim, and report accurately to avoid complications with getting compensated. If you must call a tow truck, take care to keep receipts so you can get reimbursed for any expenses that you incur. This may seem like a lot of details to manage after being shaken up, but the sooner you do this, the sooner you can concentrate on healing for you and your family members.
No one wants to experience an accident, but knowing what to do and being able to work through the details will bring you all through on the other side, healthy and taken care of. Stay safe out there!