How to Deal with a Car Accident
If you’ve ever gotten into a car accident, you understand how frightening this experience can be.
Your first thought is gratitude because you’re alive, and your second thought concerns the state of your car. But if you’ve never been involved in something like this, it’s a good idea to be prepared.
For the most part, most car accidents are minor. While you may have a few scrapes, it’s usually the car that suffers the most. This makes sense because cars are intended to withstand the brunt of the impact.
If your car is damaged, the cost of the repairs may surprise you. Even minor bodywork can add up rather quickly. That’s why it’s a good idea to research reputable garages so that you’ll know exactly what to do in a situation like this.
If your car is in questionable condition, it’s best to allow a recovery service to bring the vehicle to the garage. If you need more information, you can read it.
Once your car is taken care of, you need to be aware of the effects of the accident on your body.
Shock and other stressors may give way to aches and pains that feel worse as time passes. The moment that the soreness turns into pain you need to seek medical attention.
Actually, it’s better to get checked out by your doctor as soon as possible if you can manage it. Something you thought as a minor inconvenience can reach dangerous levels.
When in doubt, remember that it’s always better to err on the side of caution rather than discovering an injury that could’ve been treated or prevented.
Another thing to remember after an accident is to have your insurance information available so you can swap it with the other party. Never admit to fault or allow your emotions to cloud your judgment. Remain calm as much as possible. If it’s a minor accident where hardly any damage is visible, it’s not essential to call the authorities. But if someone is hurt and requires medical treatment, go ahead and make the call.
In the event that the accident completely destroyed your car, always set safety as the main priority. Things can be replaced, but people’s lives are priceless.
It’s also possible to get involved in an accident without another party there. Usually this has to do with property damage.
This reminds me of the last accident my best friend was involved in. She had been driving for hours and was feeling drowsy. She dozed off, and it couldn’t have been for more than a few seconds, but the next thing she knew she was upside down in her car. The car had veered off the road, somehow flipped upside down, and slid down a hill, landing in a ditch. Fortunately, no one else was involved.
This was perhaps the scariest moment of her life. She would’ve hung suspended in that way for much longer if a good Samaritan hadn’t witnessed the accident and called for help. She was stuck in her car, unable to get out of her seat. The doors wouldn’t open either, so one of those cutting machines was necessary to get her out of there.
So, the moral of the story is that driving is a serious activity. If you’re tired or drowsy, always pull over and rest, rather than overestimating your abilities and cognitive alertness.
Another trait of preparedness in driving is limiting all distractions.
We all know that cell phone usage is the number one culprit when it comes to distraction-related accidents.
The moment you take your eyes off the road, your focus and reflexes are affected. No phone call, text, or app is worth your life or another person’s life.
If you find yourself reaching for your phone or not having the willpower to resist, you may need to put the phone away so that it’s not a temptation.
If you do need to use your phone, use a headset to keep your hands free to drive. But only do this as a last resort. There’s nothing wrong with bringing the car to a stop, using the phone, and then continuing on your way.
Remember, this doesn’t mean that you will get into an accident for sure. But we all need to understand the risks associated with driving. We can’t take it lightly because we hold other people’s lives in our hands, especially if others are in the car with us.
Car accidents are not enjoyable at all, but having a plan and knowing what to do will help you.