As much as we might like to think that these events never will happen to us, car accidents are so common that everyone must have car insurance. Not being prepared for car accidents can make these unfortunate events even more harmful. This article will explain why this is the case and will discuss how to prepare well so as to keep the harm of car accidents to a minimum.
Immediately after a car accident, one should move one’s car off of the road, if possible, and set out warnings such as flares and warning triangles. One also should put on his or her car flasher lights. All of these actions will lessen the chances that a two car crash might result in a chain reaction of crashes that will cause even more car accidents.
The person involved in a car accident also should immediately contact the police. When the police arrive, two of their many duties will be to prevent any chain reaction car crashes and to restore order, if necessary.
Immediately after a car accident, people involved in the accident will become more emotional than usual. Such emotions can lead to road rage which has the potential to cause problems even worse than the problems caused by the car accident. One can get some control over these emotions by accepting ahead of time the possibility that one might become involved in a car accident, by being motivated to keep calm, and by being skilled at keeping calm.
One can show concern for the other driver by asking if he or she or any passengers have suffered injuries. If so, offering materials from one’s first aid kit can help to lessen any anger.
Many post-accident conflicts are generated by arguments about who is at fault for the accidents. The police will make that determination. Thus, a person involved in a car accident should neither admit to being at fault, nor accuse the other driver of being at fault.
It is important to gather information about the other driver and to give the other driver one’s own information. The important information to give and to get is apparent in the photo that accompanies this article. Having one’s information filled out ahead of time on a 3X5 inch card is important, because, after an accident, one’s attention span and writing ability may be greatly compromised. If one gives the other driver one’s own information first, and if one gives the other driver a 3X5 inch card with the categories of information needed from the other driver, the exchange of information probably will be easier and more civil. If the other driver still is not cooperative, one should wait until the police arrive.
As shown in the picture that accompanies this article, every driver also should store a small notebook and pencil in his or her glove compartment. The driver who has been involved in an accident should jot down as much information as possible, including the names and phone numbers of possible witnesses of the accident. Those who have miniature recorders can use them instead of using the small notebooks.
Denying the need to prepare for car accidents is as dangerous as denying the need to prepare for larger disasters such as extended power blackouts and hurricanes. Lawyers of car accident victims routinely help their clients to sue for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. The wise prepper will be prepared to limit the problems that can result from car accidents.