You just survived a car crash. The first thing you do is remain calm and?
• Assess the situation
• Check for injuries
• Check for survivors
• Call for help
Answer: Assess the Situation
You just survived a car crash. The first thing you should do is remain calm and assess the situation. Here’s why…
Surviving a car crash can be a very traumatic event. Every day, millions of Americans get in their vehicles and drive off into the world. The last thing to cross their mind is the possibility of being in a car accident. While many have little to no training, they drive without a care in the world and put themselves and others in constant danger.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that reading a text while driving 55 miles per hour is the equivalent in time as driving across a football field blindfolded. That’s 100 yards in seconds.
Steps to Take After a Car Crash
If you get into a crash, it’s important to stay calm and assess the situation. Sometimes, staying in your car is the safest place after a crash but it’s important to consider immediate factors before making those decisions. Are you in a car pile-up? Is it safe to exit the car? Is there moving traffic?
If you have passengers with you, it’s important to assess other risk factors such as the car catching on fire or other cars hitting your disabled vehicle. Evaluate the situation and determine the risk factor of moving someone out of the car. If you don’t have to move them from immediate danger, leave them there until medical help arrives.
So remember, after a crash you should: assess the situation, move to a safe distance if possible (if alone), check on passengers and determine whether it’s safe to move them (if you have passengers), call an ambulance, and check yourself for any injuries.
There is no vehicle that can keep you completely safe. The best thing you can do is always practice good habits like buckling up, not texting and being on the lookout for other drivers. Your own skills and situation awareness will help you survive on the road.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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