The few minutes following a car accident are crucial.
Although you may be feeling lost and overwhelmed, it is important to gather your senses and take control of the situation. This is the time when you have to handle several situations: getting medical treatment for the injured, calling the police, gathering evidence, and most importantly, securing safety. There are certain safety measures that one should take immediately after a car accident.
# 1 – Check for injuries
Carefully examine everyone for any injuries, even if there are no apparent symptoms. A minor ache or bump can turn out to be a serious injury, such as a muscle strain or internal injury. If you find any signs of injury on anyone, immediately call for medical help.
# 2 – Turn off the vehicle
In the chaos that follows a car accident, the driver may forget to shut off the vehicle. Immediately shut the vehicle off and apply the emergency brakes.
# 3 – Turn on your hazard lights
Turn on the hazard lights after a crash if it is dark when the accident occurred. Turn on the headlights to help everyone safely exit the vehicle.
# 4 – Carefully exit the vehicle
Get out of the vehicle and get to a safe location. Be extremely careful when exiting the vehicle; there have been cases when a person was struck by an oncoming vehicle while exiting a crashed vehicle.
# 5 – Move to a safe area
If possible, move to the side of the roadway and away from all vehicles involved in the crash. This is important to avoid injury in case any oncoming vehicles collide with one of the stationary vehicles involved in the crash.
# 6 – Call the police
In most cases, witnesses will notify the authorities about the accident. However, do not rely on others to call the police. If possible, call the police and have the accident properly documented. The police report must be made even if the accident is minor.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney ASAP
These simple tips can help you prevent any further injuries and damage after a crash. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, call a Chicago auto accident attorney from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166 to protect your legal rights.