What Are You Supposed To Do If You Witness A Car Accident?
It’s difficult to stay calm and cool when you witness something as traumatic as a car accident. But by having some knowledge of what actions to take, you will be better equipped to lend a hand if needed. In this blog, we’ll share some basic guidelines for what to do when you witness a car accident. This way, you can be prepared and know what to expect in case of an emergency.
Stay on the Scene…Safely
If you witness a car accident from your own car, pull off to the side of the road, turn off the engine, and put on your hazard lights. Be sure that you park your car at least 30 meters from the scene of the accident. You want to avoid broken glass, possible fire, or leaking fuels.
Report the Accident
Calling emergency services is the next order of business. Don’t assume that someone else has already done it. Dial 000 and report the accident to the authorities, giving your location and as much detail as you can visually provide from your location. If it is a hit and run, try to get the plate numbers of the fleeing vehicle.
Check on the Accident Victims
If the scene is safe to approach, then check to see if the people involved in the accident are okay and what you can do to help. Again, don’t put yourself in danger. If there is fire or a chemical spill, wait until emergency responders arrive.
If you can approach, do a quick visual assessment. If there is no immediate danger of fire, do not attempt to move the accident victims. This can cause lasting trauma or injury. Wait for trained medical professionals, but do reassure the victims that help is coming. Be a calming presence.
Secure the Area, As Able
For minor accidents, have the driver put the car in park and turn off the engine. This will reduce the risk of fire from any spilt chemicals or fuel. If you are able to do so safely, move the car out of the way of traffic (if on the road). If you can’t do this, set up flares to warn other drivers.
Give a Statement
If you called the police to report the accident, they will want a statement from you. They may ask for your contact information for possible further information. You might even be contacted later by an insurance company, police, or medical practitioners for info. Be clear, concise, and factual.
Witnessing an accident can be scary. But if you are familiar with what to expect, then you can make a really positive impact on the outcome. For more information on safe driving, accident prevention, and driving lessons, feel free to reach out to us at LTrent Driving, Australia’s premier driving school.
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