Even though we all hope and pray that we won’t ever find ourselves involved in an accident, the reality is that every driver will – sooner or later – be involved in one.
And while this does sound quite scary, the most important thing to remember is how to act pre, during, and once the accident has already happened. With that in mind, here are some useful pointers.
Assess the situation
If while driving you notice that another traffic participant is acting strange, the first thing you can do to minimize the risk is to try and keep your distance from them. On the other hand, if thighs start happening out of the blue, as accidents most commonly do, you can still try and reduce the damage that may result.
Start breaking swiftly to minimize the potential impact and turn your wheels slightly to the edge of the road to avoid hitting other cars in case your car gets thrown forward by the impact.
If everyone managed to get out of the accident uninjured, contact semi-truck accident lawyers Dublin Ohio to receive further instructions on how to handle the situation. However, if any of the participants are injured or visually unwell, make sure you contact the emergency services, as well as the police, as soon as possible.
Try to help to the best of your abilities
Accidents cause a lot of confusion when they happen as they are not something any one of us can successfully and fully prepare ourselves for. Due to the confusion, elevated stress, and overall adrenaline rush, different people may act differently in such a situation.
So, once you’ve recuperated from the initial shock, try to see if any of the people around you need any help. If someone is having a panic attack, try to calm them down as best you can. If you have any first-aid experience try to administer it to people in need. But if you’re not trained or experienced enough, it may be best to avoid getting involved and making the situation worse.
Finally, even though we all naturally want to help people in need, not all of us are trained, experienced or equipped enough at any given moment to be able to do so. So, if a person is, for instance, trapped inside of a crushed vehicle, the best way you can help them is by contacting proper authorities and emergency services, and – as accurately as possible – conveying the severity of the situation. Therefore, do your best to help others but also try to stay safe at all times, to avoid unnecessarily escalating the situation further.