With an estimated six million car accidents happening in America each year, your odds of experiencing one are quite high. Thankfully, most crashes result in only minor injuries. Yet, even then, it is important that you know how to proceed afterward. These 10 steps to take after a car accident can provide you with guidance.
1. Check Yourself and Passengers for Injuries
The first step to take after an accident is to ensure that you and your passengers are not severely injured. Note that not all injuries may be visible. Check for any signs of disorientation or fatigue. Also look for any swelling or distention of the stomach and other areas of the body, and for blood coming from the nose, mouth, or ears. Ensure that all passengers can feel their limbs and extremities. Avoid moving any passenger that appears to have a head, neck, or spinal injury (often indicated by a loss of feeling, dizziness, or disorientation).
2. Ensure the Safety of Other Involved Parties
Once you are certain that everyone in your own vehicle is safe, check the status of any other involved parties. Use the same checklist you used to gauge injuries in the passengers of your own vehicle and follow the same guidelines regarding moving the individual....