First step to take after a vehicle accident - Take a breath

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Kyle E. Wright
5/25/21 9:28 AM
Tags: Personal Injury

Seriously. Imagine you’ve just been in an accident, your adrenaline is spiking, and your mind is racing a mile a minute. You can’t change what just happened, but you are in total control of what happens going forward. It sounds simple, but taking a deep breath (or several), allows oxygen to go to your brain, thus relieving tension and emotion. This will enable you to think clearly so that you can adequately assess the situation.

Assess the situation

Assess the situation

Okay, now that you have taken a moment to calm down, you need to immediately assess not only your injuries but also the danger of your situation.

Your first objective should be to prevent further injury from occurring – and this is going to be different based on the seriousness of the injuries suffered.

On the one hand, if you or someone suffered a serious injury, 911 should be contacted right away, and first aid should be administered by anyone able. Be careful because if anyone suffered a neck or back injury, it might not be safe to move them.

On the other hand, if you were in a severe accident, it likely means you are on a public roadway where upcoming traffic may not know what has just occurred.

First step to take after a vehicle accident - Take a breath

If you’re able to, get your car to the side of the road, and if you have them, place cones and/or flares to make yourself more visible to others, or ask someone else to do so if you’re unable. Which step you take first depends on your specific situation. Your actions may be different if this occurs on the expressway vs. a rural country road. Still, staying calm will allow you to think clearly in order to make the best decision to prevent worsening your situation and/or injuries.

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Maybe you have already been in an accident and already went through these steps. That is okay, and we are here to help you. Maybe you haven't been in an accident and are just wanting to prepare for that unfortunate scenario, check out our last blog on how to prepare for an accident. If you have been injured in an accident and have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Call our office today if you would like to speak to one of our attorneys.

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Author: Kyle E. Wright     Published: 5/25/21 9:28 AM     Tags: Personal Injury


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