What to do After a Car Accident
Getting in an accident is scary. It’s not always clear what exactly you are supposed to do after you get in an accident so we made this infographic to help out.
As soon as the accident happens, your first reaction will probably be one of shock. So before you do anything else, take a moment to breathe.
At the same time, take a quick physical inventory. Did your airbags go off? While you may be generally sore, does any one area hurt more than another? Can you move all of your limbs and extremities? Check this carefully just in case you have an injury you’ve not really felt yet due to your body being in shock.
Shut off your car, and get out if you’re physically able to do so and it is safe. If you’re on a busy road, make sure traffic is stopped and you’re not risking further injury by leaving your vehicle.
Make sure all other vehicles involved are shut off as well, and that either traffic is stopped or being directed around the scene, and that the scene is clearly marked if possible. To do this, you can use road flares, cones, or other devices to mark the area. These should be part of an emergency kit you keep in your car at all times.
Finally, document the scene. Take several photos and video with your cell phone. Write down anything you see, hear, smell and feel while it is still fresh in your memory. Even if you don’t have pen and paper, you can do this in your notes app on your phone or even by using the voice memo feature.
It’s not always clear what exactly you are supposed to do after you get in an accident so we made this infographic to help out.