There is a certain protocol that most drivers know how to follow if they are in a car accident. But it can be hard to know what to do if you witnessed a serious car accident as a bystander. You might not be sure whether or not you should get involved. If you just saw a fender-bender, then the drivers themselves can probably handle the situation. But a serious car accident means that you could be an important witness. Here are some steps to take if you witness a car accident.
Step 1: Safety First
A car accident can create a dangerous situation for everyone. The cars might block the road and potentially cause another accident, or there could be a fire. The important thing to do is make sure that you are out of harm’s way. If you are driving, make sure that you pull over in a place that’s out of the way, like the shoulder of the road. And don’t stand in the road or cross the street unless it’s safe. Next, you should check on the people involved in the accident. If they appear injured, it’s best not to move them unless they are in danger.
Step 2: Call 911
The best thing you can do is call 911 as soon as possible. You can even talk to the authorities on the phone if you aren’t sure what to do at the scene of the accident. For example, when the drivers involved are injured, you could ask if there is anything you should do. But keep in mind that you will most likely have to step back and wait until the police and ambulance comes.
Step 3: Record the Details
As a witness, your most important job is to remember as much as you can about what you saw. You should take note of the time of day, weather, traffic levels, road conditions, etc. Also, it’s best to take pictures of the scene of the accident on your phone as hard evidence. You never know if the accident could be brought up again in a lawsuit, and your information will be valuable in making sure that the right action is taken.
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