Witness an Accident? Here’s How You Can Help…
By: Good2GoPublished: August 22, 2017
Life is unpredictable. One minute you could be listening to your favorite morning podcast during your commute, thinking of your 11 o’clock meeting, and the next minute you could be the witness to an accident. While it’s easy to diffuse responsibility, your conscience might be telling you to pull over and help. It’s a tough decision to make, especially if you think anyone involved in the accident might be hurt. If you do happen to witness an accident, here’s what you might be able to do to help.
First off, remove yourself from any possible source of danger. Don’t get too close to the vehicle if you’re not certain it’s safe. In the event of any accident, especially a more serious one, it is completely possible that there will be flames, fire, or combustibles. Keep yourself at a safe physical distance until an EMT, firefighter, or police officer arrives at the scene. Before exiting your vehicle, make sure you’re not in the middle of traffic, and your car is left in a place it won’t be struck or block any emergency vehicles.
Call 911. If you think someone was injured in the accident, call 911. Do NOT move an injured person. Moving someone who is injured can turn a minor injury into a major one. If you do think it’s safe to approach the vehicle, you can try to make the victims as comfortable as possible without moving them. Consider letting them know you’ve called 911, and that there are professionals on the way to help them.
When the police do arrive, they will most likely ask you to give a statement, including your name and address. If there are questions about who is at fault, you may be called in to make a statement as a witness in the future. It’s important to recall the scene as accurately and honestly as you’re able to remember it. Only provide relevant and consistent facts, and understand that it’s likely you’ll be contacted as a witness by legal and medical authorities and possibly insurance claims agents.
If the accident is minor, stabilize the vehicles if you can. Ask the driver to place the impacted vehicle in “park” and to turn off the engine. This can help lower the risk of a fire, especially if the crash may have caused an oil, fuel, or coolant leak. Try to find help to move the car if it’s blocking traffic, and out of harm’s way. You might also want to consider setting up flares or something else to alert other drivers that there has been an accident.
Being involved in an accident, whether you are the driver, a passenger, or a witness can be very stressful. Luckily, there are good Samaritans everywhere who are often willing to help. The best way to deal with an accident as a witness is to stay on the scene and help when you’re needed. It’s often the people who are first on the scene of an accident who make the biggest impact.
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