Sometimes, an accident presents danger long after the collision has occurred. There may be people injured or people who are in harm’s way due to the wreck. Handling these situations can be dangerous. Most often, you’ll need the assistance of law enforcement if you have a wreck in a busy area. There are a few things you can do to avoid making the situation worse, however.
If you’re vehicles are drivable, get them out of the road. Every minute you spend on the roadway is dangerous. Make sure that you’re well away from the road if you have to discuss something with the other driver and when you’re waiting for assistance. Remember to call your attorney before discussing anything with anyone, however, including discussing the accident with your insurance company. The less you say the better. The only exception is when you’re dealing with the police. Don’t admit guilt to anything, but give them an honest retelling of the lead up to the accident itself. There are situations where the accident may be even worse, however, and where just moving out of the way may not be possible.
In the event that your vehicle is demolished, you’ll need to get out of the roadway but won’t be able to move your vehicle. You should have some sort of emergency warning device in your vehicle. You can use the kits that include reflective signs that you can set up on the road. If you’re comfortable with them, you can also use flares to warn off other drivers. Do not stand in traffic and attempt to direct cars; it’s far too dangerous. A car accident with personal injury will usually require that medical assistance be called immediately.
If anyone who was seriously hurt in the accident is not in danger where they’re located, do not move them. Paramedics have to do this to ensure that the person isn’t further injured due to being moved improperly. Remember to take it easy on yourself after the accident. You may be injured, but adrenaline increases your pain tolerance and you may not feel those injuries just yet. Your vehicle accident lawyer will likely want you to visit a doctor to make sure that you’re not injured and, if you are, to establish that it was the result of the car wreck you were in.