Statistics show that over 1.25 million people die annually from automobile-related accidents, translating to at least 3,287 deaths daily. Still on point, statistics indicate between 20 and 50 million people are left incapacitated with life time injuries from these accidents. Having said that, many people end up frustrated and confused not knowing what to do or where to start when involved in a car accident. It is always good to follow some dos and don’ts so you don’t end up making costly mistakes that may compromise on the outcome of the car accident in future. Here is a list of these dos and don’ts to always keep in mind.
First and foremost, always call the police as the first point of action when involved in an accident. At the very least, the police will help and guide you seek medical attention and of course, play a significant role in documenting the scenes of the accident. The best thing about having the police on the scene of the accident is so they can record their observations and make notes and comments which may be beneficial should the case go to court.
Never leave the scene of the accident unless it is urgent medical attention, otherwise always wait for the police to show up. No doubt the charges of leaving the accident scene may be more severe even if the other person decides to leave the scene. It is important to protect the scene of the accident as much as you possibly can unless you are physically incapacitated to do so with injuries. Even better would be for you if you could take still images and a couple of short clips of the accident scene using your mobile phone. It is also advisable to have flares or flashers on, flashlights or headlights to ensure other road users are informed of the accident ahead lest they ram into the scene and cause more havoc.
As mentioned, never put off medical attention even if you feel fine immediately after the accident. Remember, most of the internal injuries may not be seen or felt until after a couple of weeks so take the time to understand and learn more about the same. A good doctor should check any possible soft tissue injuries or internal bleeding that may compromise on your system’s functionality in future. By all means, pick up their numbers and other vital info. so they can be followed up should the need of their version of the story be required.