Suggestions for Auto Accident Safety

Many drivers will be involved in an auto accident at some point in their lives. According to the National Safety Council, one in eight drivers will be in an accident this year. If you happen to be one of those drivers involved in collision, here are some tips to help you minimize stress, prevent injury, and save your time and money.

-When driving, stay calm and protect yourself. Avoid road rage and stay rational when encountering irrational drivers.

-If you are involved in an accident, stop. Don’t leave the scene until you speak to the other driver or to the police.

-After the accident, try to prevent further accidents and injuries. If you can, move the vehicles and people to the side of the road onto the shoulder. If the car is still functioning, turn on the emergency flashing lights. If you have one, light a flair during nighttime collisions.

-Contact the police. The police can address any traffic infractions and make a record the accident. They can also help with injuries and in requesting medical assistance.

-After the collision it is important to gather information. When speaking to the other driver, get their name, phone number, address, license plate number, and any insurance information. When the police arrive, get the officer’s name and badge number. Also ask the officer where you can request a copy of the police report. If there are witnesses to the collision, get their names, phone numbers, and addresses. Other important information you might want to take note of is the exact location and time of the accident, if any tickets were issued, and how your vehicle was handling prior to the collision.

-Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone except your insurance company or the police.

-If you witness an accident and wish to help out, pull your car off the road ahead of the accident scene. Parking behind the accident will make you and your vehicle vulnerable and block the view of police and emergency vehicles.

-One thing a driver should always carry in their vehicle is an emergency kit. Whether you are in the accident, or witness it, emergency kits are always useful. Your kit should include a flair, traffic triangle, a flash light with fully charged batteries, brightly colored cloth, first aid kit, duct tape, pen and some paper.

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