A vehicle accident can be one of the most frightening events a person can experience. While major accidents can be terrifying, even minor accidents can cause fear, panic and injuries. If you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident, you probably already know that it can be very easy to become confused and disoriented. Many people involved in accidents recall the scenario playing out in slow motion, or as if in a dream. As a result, it can be very easy to react in an undesirable manner, possibly leading to more or worse injuries. In order to help you remain calm and in control during the aftermath of an accident, here are a few helpful tips.
Get Your Bearings – After an accident, it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, often leading to disorientation. In the immediate moments after an accident has occurred, try to take a few moments to absorb what just happened before doing anything else. This can also help if you are injured, as immediately jumping out of your vehicle may cause greater harm to your body.
Check for Injuries – Once you have come to terms with the situation, you need to decide if you are injured, and if so, to what extent. Some of the most common injuries in a vehicle accident are broken bones, and these bones may include ones found in the neck and spine. If you are concerned that you have broken a bone, particularly in your neck or back, do not exit the vehicle or move unless it is absolutely necessary. Doing so could cause permanent damage, including paralysis. You also need to keep in mind that an accident may cause a spike in adrenaline, so you may be injured and not even realize it until after you’ve calmed down.
Check On Others – No matter who was at fault in the accident, it’s important to check on anyone else involved if possible. If you haven’t suffered injuries and are able to exit the vehicle, check on any other drivers or passengers involved in the accident. Even if you were not badly hurt in the accident, others may have been. If another driver or passenger appears to be hurt, do not try to remove them from their vehicle unless you absolutely have to. As mentioned, moving someone with a broken neck or back may cause permanent or fatal injuries. Call for help and let emergency responders do their job.