The moments after a crash happens may leave you feeling overwhelmed and panicked at everything going on. When you take a minute to pause and make clear-headed decisions, you can prevent further problems.
Following a few steps that can protect you and your passengers may help you during this confusing time.
Verbally confirm with other people they are safe
According to AARP, you should check first with your passengers and then with the other driver to figure out if someone needs medical attention. Before anyone starts an argument about the order of events in the collision, you may want to call the police and an ambulance.
Move or leave your car
Starting your car up again after a crash may be a risky move. If you notice anything wrong with it, especially with the engine, leave it where it is. Taking the time to call a tow truck or someone else to help you is a good way to make sure you are not blocking traffic around you.
Keep the conversation focused
When you do talk with the other driver, make sure to not mention the order of events of the crash. Discussing blame is not only stressful but it can also potentially harm you later on when you deal with insurance.
Use your phone
Being able to take pictures with your phone of the surrounding area can help you remember important details later on. You should focus on the sides and back of the car as well as the road around the car.
Taking these steps can allow you to have better peace of mind while figuring out how to handle the aftermath of a car crash.