So you’re driving to work in morning rush-hour traffic, you take a quick slurp of coffee without taking your eyes of the road, and bam! You’ve just been rear-ended by another commuter. Now throw those hazards on and give your boss a call – you’re going to be late today. This is part 2 in a Used Car Values series about what do after you’ve been in an accident.
We’ve compiled some quick tips to help you determine what your next steps should be after a car accident. You love your car, but as long as you’re able to walk away from an accident, count yourself lucky. Besides, you can always scrap the vehicle at a local junk car buyer and use the money to fund your next vehicle.
In our last installment, we talked about the importance of snapping pictures of the accident scene. While photographs are important to ensure that the accident is depicted properly in a court of law, there are other things to consider after an accident, namely the safety of other passengers and drivers.
Safety First: If you don’t already keep a first aid kit in your car at all times, now is the time to start. You never know when disaster will strike, so having a first aid kit will ensure that you’ll be able to begin treating minor injuries before the ambulance arrives.
Leave Life Saving to the Pros: Do not attempt to move injured people or treat any injuries beyond minor cuts and scratches. Just because someone appears to be okay doesn’t mean they are. Internal bleeding, fractured bones, and concussions can’t be seen from the surface, so let the EMTs handle serious situations.
Clear the Way: If you’re a bystander, or a non-injured member of the collision, get out of the way of emergency services. The quicker they get to the scene of the accident, the better chances everyone has of surviving. Don’t get caught rubbernecking or impeding the progress of police, ambulances, and fire trucks, or you may be contributing to someone’s untimely and tragic death.
The most important thing to preserve after an accident is you and your loved ones. Don’t waste time fretting over the fate of a damaged automobile – hopefully all people involved are insured. If you can’t stand your ride after an accident, sell your car, and use the money to start fresh with a new untainted one.