There are new and amazing technologies going into our cars every day that are designed to save your life. Some of those safety features have been shown to reduce major car crashes by as much as 30%.
But relying on safety features of your vehicle isn’t all you can do. Take things into your own hand by arming yourself with actionable knowledge for what to do in a car accident.
You could save your own life, or a loved one. We’ll tell you what to do if you’re in a car crash, and give you ways to save a life.
Don’t miss out, keep reading!
1. Have an Emergency Kit at Hand
In many situations, something to remember is:
The pressure of water on car doors makes it almost guaranteed you won’t be able to open them. You only have 30-120 seconds to get out, so don’t reach for your phone. Instead, immediately reach for an emergency multi-tool for cutting seatbelts, breaking side windows, and has a powerful LED light so you can see and be seen.
An emergency toolkit should be immediately accessible and carry bare essentials. A more expansive survival kit could be stored in the trunk for being stuck in more desolated areas overnight or longer.
2. Be Mentally Prepared to Crash
Being mentally prepared for what to do just before moment of impact can help you stay in the “driving position” to take full advantage of vehicle safety features. They’re designed to protect someone in this position, and you could end up being fatally injured if you slouch or turn away from a crash.
Also, if a crash is unavoidable, it’s worth noting to aim for something less destructive, such as bushes or a stationary breakable object than a head-on collision.
It will also help you to reduce panic after the crash.
3. Turn Off Your Engines
Immediately after an accident, no matter if it’s minor or major, turn off your engine. Fuel and hydraulic lines snake their way through many parts of the body of the car and could be pinched or severed.
If the engine is running, pumps will spray hot fluids, fumes will ignite, and flames will start and spread. Don’t smoke, even if you don’t smell fumes.
4. Should You Stay or Should You Go Now?
This brings up a good question of staying in the vehicle or leaving it immediately. In general, it’s a good idea to leave the vehicle if it’s safe to do so. Getting off the road should be your main priority.
Only leave the vehicle if it’s safer outside than inside. Live electrical wires don’t always look “live” and it could be safer to stay where you are.
Assess the situation and do what you think gives you the best chance, but don’t panic.
5. Call an Ambulance and the Police
Whether minor or major, a 911 call for police and ambulance is necessary. Others may also call, but don’t leave it up to chance. At the very least, a police report will help your case for insurance or litigation.
An ambulance, even if you think you’re okay, might save another person’s life or health, and also help with litigation. Understanding fault is difficult and emergency services can help with that through their records.
Save Your Life and Those You Love
Car accidents are scary, no matter the size of the crash. We know that these tips can and will save a life — even save your life.
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