USA- Kidshealth.org writes that driving is a dangerous activity that leads to tens of thousands of fatalities every year in the United States alone. Millions of people are also injured in collisions annually. While it is impossible to control other drivers, motorists can reduce their risk of being in a crash by practicing cautious and defensive driving.
If all efforts to avoid a wreck fail, then it is important to know what to do following an accident. The first thing to keep in mind is to stay calm. This might mean taking a few deep breaths and a minute to compose yourself prior to reacting or trying to handle the situation.
If the crash leaves you trapped in your vehicle, or if it is not safe to get out of the car because of traffic, keep the seatbelt on and turn on the hazard lights. Call emergency services and then wait for them to arrive and provide assistance.
In cases where the collision is not severe, and the cars are drivable, it is a good idea to get off of any main roads and to find a safe place to stop. This might mean pulling to the shoulder of the roadway. In some locations, it is illegal to move a car following a collision, so it is important to know the law in your state.
The first priority after a wreck is to find out if anyone sustained injuries and get medical help if anyone was hurt. If no one suffered injuries, then exchange information, and inform the police that there was an accident. In minor crashes where no one suffered injuries, officers may not go to the scene, but it is important to ensure that there is a report.
Take photos and notes about what happened. Drawing a diagram can also help you remember what occurred in case you have to relay the information later.
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