Driving can be one of the most dangerous things many of us ever do, yet the only way to get around is by car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 30,000 deaths and over 2 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every year. Experiencing a car crash can be a very frightening experience. Below are tips to follow if you ever experience one:
Keep Yourself & Others Safe:
- If you cannot get out of your car, or it is not safe to try, keep on your seat belt, turn on your hazard lights, then call 911. If the collision seems minor, turn off the engine of your car and grab your emergency kit.
Check for Injuries & Report the Incident:
- Check on everyone involved in the crash and see if they have any injuries. Be very cautious when doing this, not all injuries are visible. If you or someone else involved is not feeling 100%, call 911 and request emergency assistance.
Take Notes on the Crash:
- Detailed notes and photos of the scene may help the court and insurance agencies decide who is responsible. Get a description of the vehicles involved including the year, make, model and color.
- While the crash itself may be upsetting, dealing with the aftermath can be too. In the hours or days following the crash many people may still feel shaken up. All of these feelings on may feel are normal. Although these feelings are normal, if they last for a period of time, they may be PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Look out for symptoms including:
- Avoiding emotions or reminders of the incident
- Constant feelings of anxiousness
- Avoiding medical tests or procedures
- Constantly reliving the incident in one’s mind
- Nightmares or trouble sleeping
- If you notice any of these symptoms, talk about it with a close friend or family, or doctor.
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