The moments after a car crash happens can be crucial. When you are dealing with a possible injury, you may panic or feel overwhelmed by what you need to do.
Following a few simple steps can give you a solid start when you first get out of your car and assess the situation.
Think about what information you need
According to the AARP, when you and the other driver are both safely out of your vehicles, you will likely need to exchange personal information to contact each other later on. Ask them for their name and address and check their car for what model and color it is.
Gathering all the necessary information about the crash site you can is one of the most important steps in this process. Taking photographs of where your car was after the crash and areas any other pieces of it landed is also good to do.
Stay on topic while talking
As you first approach the other driver, you both may begin to discuss what happened. Staying quiet about who was at fault or what you did to contribute to the accident is key. These discussions can also escalate into fights or shouting if they become emotionally intense, so staying calm and collected while talking is the best approach.
Seek medical help
If you notice any kind of physical pain or sensations in your head, going to a hospital or calling an ambulance is important. You should also ask any passengers and the other driver how they feel and if they need medical attention.
Taking some precautions after a car crash can help you have peace of mind, even if you have an injury.