Nobody likes to deal with an auto-accident, and our first instinct is to get out of our car and inspect the damage- but you should think twice before rushing out of your vehicle. Depending on the circumstance of your accident, you could still be in plenty of danger after an auto-accident. Read on to learn how to stay safe after an auto-accident.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings.
This seems like common sense, but it’s the number one mistake people make after an accident. Whether your accident was caused by yourself, someone else, or even something like wildlife or road hazards, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. You should always take a moment while still inside of your vehicle to assess your situation. (Unless your vehicle is on fire or smoking heavily.)
Look for Dangerous Hazards.
While still in your vehicle be on the lookout for dangerous hazards that could have resulted from or contributed to your accident. Are there downed power lines? Is there flooding or fire? Being aware of dangerous hazards can save your life after an auto-accident. If you have run into or over power lines- STAY IN YOUR CAR. You should call 9-1-1 and let them know about the downed lines. If you do notice fire or smoke and need to exit your vehicle, you must jump from the vehicle and land with both feet together so that no part of you touches the vehicle or ground. Afterwards you must use small shuffling steps to get clear of the electricity.
No matter what situation you find yourself in after an accident, stay calm. Never lose your temper with other parties following an accident, and do not rush to make decisions.
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