Unfortunately, it happens. You are on your way home from a movie, the roads are slick after a snow storm and BAM! You’ve had a car accident. It is clearly the last thing that anyone wants to have happen. When this happens some of us loose our cool and do and say things that we come to regret later. Particularly when family is involving. While this is a completely understandable response, here are some of the thing that you will want to keep in mind if in fact you do end up having a car accident.
Take a few deep breaths
This is one of the easiest ways to calm ourselves when our adrenaline is pumping and we inadvertently switch in to survival mode. Taking slow deep breaths slows the heart rate and relaxes the muscles along with the added benefit of decreasing anxiety. You will want to have a calm demeanor and clear head when you are dealing with a person with whom you’ve just had an accident.
Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is uninjured
If it is unsafe for you to remain in the vehicle, get everyone out as safely as possible and get them to the side of the road. Be careful in asking your passengers to move, as sometimes they may have sustained and injury and may not be aware of it.
Call the police
After making sure that everyone in your and the other persons’ vehicles is okay, contact the police so they can get assistance to you as soon as possible. Remember to keep a level head when describing the incident and location to the authorities as you don’t want to bring any more tension to a situation that is already filled with it.
Do not assign blame or admit fault
It’s best to only discuss the events with the authorities and allow them to determine who was at fault in the situation.
Exchange information with the other driver involved so that when you call your insurance provider you have all of the information needed to process the claim. Including the accident report number assigned by the investigating officer.
If necessary, call a towing company to recover your vehicle, and a family member or friend to pick you and your passengers up.
If you can call to mind these tips, the after math of a car accident can be much less volatile than it is apt to be. Just first remember to breathe and stay calm.