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Securing Safety at the Accident Scene

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Personal Injury

Hundreds of accidents occur every day on Florida’s busy roadways. While many of us may think that we would know what to do in the aftermath of an accident, the reality is that many do not possess adequate knowledge concerning post-accident procedures. No matter what the circumstances are of a car wreck, accidents can be stressful, chaotic and traumatic.

It is important that you remain calm in the moments following an accident, so that you are able to protect the safety of yourself and others, as well as take the appropriate measures to preserve any evidence that may be relevant to your claim. The Auto Collision Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., offer the following post-crash tips to securing your safety at the accident scene.

First and foremost, securing the safety of yourself and others should be the primary concern following an auto collision. Presented with the chaos of a car wreck, we often forget to take the simplest of safety precautions, many of which can be life-saving. Try to remember the following:

Check Status of Vehicle Occupants. Perform a self-evaluation, followed by verbal communication to other occupants to determine if anyone has sustained bodily injury. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 for emergency medical assistance if possible. If any occupant is unable to move due to injury or obstruction, continue to communicate with one another until help arrives.

Secure the Vehicle. If the vehicle is operable, and you are able to do so, move the vehicle to a safe location that is far enough from the roadway to prevent another collision. If the vehicle is inoperable, make sure that your turn off the vehicle, remove the key, and apply the emergency brake. If your car has a manual transmission, make sure it is in the appropriate gear. Turn on your hazard lights, typically you can still do so even without the engine running.

Safely Exit Vehicle. If you are able to do so, check your surroundings prior to exiting the vehicle and moving to a safe area. Be aware of oncoming vehicles that could potentially strike you, or one of the vehicle involved in the accident. Be sure that you position yourself as far away from the vehicle as possible, to prevent injury from a potential risks such as fire, explosion, or subsequent collision.

Call Police. If you have not already done so, call the police. Do not assume that others have already notified authorities, and do not allow another person involved in the accident to convince you that the police are not necessary. Make sure the accident is properly documented in a formal police report.

Of course, these actions will not apply to every type of auto accident, but they do serve as a good starting point, and in many cases can be potentially life-saving. Following immediate and necessary actions, such as securing your safety and ensuring that you seek necessary medical treatment within 14 days following the accident, you may want to discuss your legal rights and remedies with an experienced auto accident attorney, to determine if you are entitled to compensation.

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