It is a scary scenario. The tires squeal, you brace yourself, and then you feel the crash of the other car as it collides with yours.
There is a moment of panic. Am I ok? Are my kids ok? What is the damage? What do I do now?
Take a deep breath.
At Accident Care & Treatment Center, Inc. we know the stress, anxiety, and confusion that can accompany an auto accident and that is why we have put together seven steps as a guideline to help in the aftermath of an accident.
- Stay Calm. This may be easier said than done, but keeping a level head is a must. Panic can affect others and worsen the situation. To help stay calm close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. This will help slow the heart rate and keep the mind focused.
- Assess the damage. Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. If they require immediate attention call for an ambulance.
- Call 911. For any auto accident, even a minor one, call the police to have a record of the situation and the damage. Do not leave the scene until the report is filed.
- Get the Facts. Get the names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance information, and VIN of those involved in the accident. Also, be sure to take down license plate numbers, passenger contact information, and any witnesses present.
- Take Pictures. With smartphones these days this is the simplest thing to do. Take pictures of all vehicles involved and, if possible, an overview of the entire accident. If you are unable to get a picture of this, draw a sketch.
- Limit the discussion of the car accident. Discuss the auto accident only with the police officer and your insurance agent. Discussing it with others can muddy up the details. Admit no fault or liability.
- Call Us. Even if you are showing no serious injuries at the time call (405) 896-3750 or simply walk in for an appointment. Common car accident injuries such as whiplash can take 36 hours or more to show symptoms. Medical literature recommends being seen as soon as possible after an accident and before serious symptoms occur.
At Accident Care & Treatment Center, Inc., we want you to be as safe as possible on the road and part of this is always being prepared for an accident. Keep traffic cones or road flares in your car as well as a flashlight and a first aid kit as these may come in handy if an accident should occur.