According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) driving a vehicle is probably the most dangerous mode of transportation. Especially when you consider that in 2007, approximately 6.2 million motor vehicle crashes and over 41,000 traffic fatalities were reported to police. This makes up an average of 112 lives lost per day due to car accidents in the United States.
If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident you know your whole life flashes before your eyes, and typically, it’s difficult to think clearly because you’re in shock. This is precisely why it is so important to know what to do in order to protect your rights if you’re involved in an auto accident. We also believe it is very important to have and be familiar with an emergency kit containing the following items in case of a collision.
Vehicle’s emergency kit:
- A cell phone
- Pen and paper
- Your medical information-including any prescription drugs, allergies or medical conditions
- A list of emergency contacts
- Reflective cones and/or warning flares
- A first aid kit
- Your vehicle’s insurance card
- The name and number for your PI attorney
Of course we all try to drive safe but its imposable to know when an accident will take place; therefore being prepared is imperative. We understand that many factors can contribute to an auto accident such as drivers talking on cell phones, speeding, texting, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic signals, defective vehicles, and other factors like use of drugs and alcohol. When you consider all of the dangers on the road, you can understand why it’s smart to be prepared.
If you are involved in a auto accident you should immediately follow these safety steps:
- Attempt to compose yourself by taking a few deep breaths
- Assess yourself for injuries (note that not all injuries are visible)
- Decide if it’s safe to exit your vehicle
- If you’re injured or if you can’t get out of your car
- Keep your seat belt fastened
- Switch on your hazard lights
- Call 911 immediately and give the emergency dispatcher this information:
- Your name and phone number (in case authorities need to reach you)
- As much detail as you can about the accident, for example, how many vehicles and people are involved, any medical emergencies or immediate dangers
- Give your exact location-the city, street name, nearest intersection and direction
- And finally, stay on the line until the dispatcher has all of the information they need to locate you
- Wait for emergency response to arrive
If you are uninjured and the collision is minor:
- Turn off your car’s engine
- Get your emergency car kit
- Place reflective warning cones or emergency flares around the accident site to alert oncoming traffic
Regardless of the seriousness of your car accident, you will need to contact the law offices of Kris Greenwood and discuss your rights and find out how to secure the proper evidence.
At Kristopher K Greenwood LC, we have a proven track record, experience, and we will aggressively pursue your defense. Our first priority is your well-being and ensuring you get every advantage available to you in pursuing a favorable judgment in your behalf. If you or someone you know has been charged with an alcohol related driving crime, ensure that you have the very best in legal representation by contacting the law office of KKG Kristopher K Greenwood, LC to assist you in your matter: (801) 475-8800.