The National Highway Traffic Administration reports show that car accidents are common in the US with frequencies being on a one-minute interval. For this reason, you may end up being involved in a car accident even when you adhere to all the road safety rules. Some can be minor while others are fatal. Even so, you may be surprised at the number of people who are clueless about what comes next after a car accident.
You are likely to come out of the accident uninjured if you know what to do. The information also helps in ensuring that the damage is not blown up. There is a protocol to be followed in the event of a crash. Also, with the right information you will have a better chance at winning legal battles.
The first thing you ought to do is to stop the car and moving it to a safe place. No matter where you are going or how late you are to an important event, you should not leave the scene of an accident because that will be committing a crime. You can face serious punishment depending on the state. You can move the vehicle off the road if possible for the sake of other road users.
Following the accident, get out of the car and wait while outside. Everyone using the freeway should bear this in mind. Another vehicle on high speed might ram into yours. You also need to make sure you are not at risk of being hit by other vehicles. The next step is to ensure other road users are aware of the problem from a safe distance. The most basic way of warning other road users is by your hazard warning light on. You can direct the traffic around the accident until the police come to you but make sure the headlights are on to inform the other motorists that there is a problem.
This is not a step you should forget especially during the night when there is bad visibility. Accidents happening on corners or at blind spots are risky which is why this is not a step you should skip. Sometimes it will be dark and this is when you need a flashlight in warning other motorists. Make sure that everyone involved in the accident has been checked for injuries. Some injuries will not appear serious on the outside but a real problem might be stirring on the inside.