Witnessing a car accident can be a frightening experience. Whether you
are a fellow driver on the road or a bystander, the sudden wreck of other
vehicles can shake you to a halt. If you do end up witnessing a serious
road accident, there are things you can do to help those affected receive
prompt medical attention and, if later legal action is needed, be a reliable
witness. See below for the steps you should take after witnessing a car accident.
Whether you are a pedestrian or a motorist, a car accident should be enough
to give you pause. If you are in a car, put your hazards on and safely
pull over at your next opportunity. If you are a pedestrian, keep a safe
distance from of the wreck—there could be a risk of fire.
Some people will advise you to approach the vehicle and check for injuries
before dialing 911, but this is ill-advised. There could be fire or the
risk of further combustion. Instead, call 911 and give them your location
and any other information you can from your view of the crash.
Do Not Attempt to Treat Victims
If you can tell that people have been seriously hurt, it is still advised
that you do not attempt to treat them or remove them from the vehicle.
They could be suffering significant internal injuries and moving them
could do further damage. In almost all situations, it is more important
to wait for emergency personnel to arrive at the scene.
Speak to Police
When police arrive at the scene, they will want to know how and when the
accident occurred. Because those involved in the crash may not be able
to comment, the testimony you give could be crucial. Be as calm and clear
as possible in your retelling of events.
Be Prepared to Recall the Accident
In the event that accident was the fault of one of the involved motorists,
you may be contacted later by an insurance company or an attorney about
the circumstances of the accident. Following the crash, take whatever
steps you need to keep the details of your account fresh. You can write
your account down, or record it on your phone—anything that will
help you recall details that could be crucial in recovering victims the
relief they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a serious car accident, it may be
time to start exploring your injury claim options. At
Jones & Swanson, our Marietta personal injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars
on behalf of deserving clients who needed the gravity of their injuries
asserted before the law.
Speak with our team today. Call 770.884.6652 for a
free case evaluation.