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Do you Know the Best Course of Action During an Automotive Accident?

Every year, over 1.25 million people across the world die because of automobile accidents meaning an average of 3,287 deaths daily. Further, another 20 to 50 million people are left disabled or severely injured and incapacitated from these accidents. That said, it is normal for people to be confused and frustrated when they are involved in an automobile accident and sadly this is where the problem starts. It is always good to follow some dos and don’ts so you don’t end up making costly mistakes that may compromise on the outcome of the car accident in future. Here is a list of these dos and don’ts to always keep in mind.

It is important and highly recommended that the first course of action would be to call the police and inform them of the accident. If not for anything else, they will help you get the medical attention that you require and at the same time document the accident. Police details, comments and notes about the accident can play a huge role should the accident case proceed to trial so be sure to give them priority over anything else.

The other thing not to do would be not to leave the accident scene until police arrive unless of course, your life is on the line and urgent medical attention is required. You can bet the cost of leaving that scene of the accident would be more severe and the consequences adverse, even if the other party decides to leave. While at it, ensure you protect the accident scene as much as possible if you are not seriously injured. Even better would be for you if you could take still images and a couple of short clips of the accident scene using your mobile phone. It is also advisable to have flares or flashers on, flashlights or headlights to ensure other road users are informed of the accident ahead lest they ram into the scene and cause more havoc.

Always ensure you seek medical attention even if there are no physical injuries and bruises that are visible. One thing you should know is that some internal injuries cannot be felt immediately and may take weeks to be felt so take the time to learn more on those to help you make an informed decision. A good doctor should check any possible soft tissue injuries or internal bleeding that may compromise on your system’s functionality in future. By all means, pick up their numbers and other vital info. so they can be followed up should the need of their version of the story be required.

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