Always Do These Things After An Atlanta Car Or Truck Accident
After an accident, it can be hard to think clearly. Adrenaline is pumping, and you’ve just had an incredible scare. In some cases, you can even be in shock. There are steps to take to protect yourself in the minutes and days after an accident.
Three Steps To Take Right After An Accident
In the moments immediately following a crash, take these three steps to ensure everyone is safe.
- Call 911. If you are not able to, point at a specific person and tell them to call 911. Often, after an accident, everyone believes that someone else has called for help. This is not always the case. Pointing at one person ensures that one person will follow through.
- Get everyone, yourself, passengers and bystanders, away from the accident. If you are on a highway, use cones or flares or something to call attention to the accident and alert oncoming drivers of the hazard.
- If you are not seriously injured but someone else is, look for signs of shock. They will appear pale and have cool, clammy skin with gray or blue lips. Their pupils will be enlarged, and they will be panting or breathing heavily with a fast pulse. Do not move the person if they are prone. Instead, elevate their legs and cover them with a blanket or jacket to prevent the chills. People can choke if they are lying down and vomit, so the best position for them is on their side if possible.
Three Things To Do In The Hours Or Days After An Accident
Once help is on the way, and if your injuries are not too serious, take these steps.
- Get the other driver’s contact information and insurance. It is natural to want to be sorry when people get hurt or vehicles are damaged, even if it wasn’t your fault. Avoid saying anything about the accident or who is at fault. You do not know for sure what caused the accident until a report has been filed.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, and write down what you think has happened. Get the names and phone numbers of anyone who saw the accident. These will be helpful later.
- See a doctor as soon as possible. If you have a neck, back or abdominal pain, it may be in your best interest to ride in an ambulance to the hospital. Doing this can prevent further injury and ensure that the best care is given to you right away. If you do get a ride home, make an appointment to see your doctor within 24-48 hours. If you don’t have a primary care doctor and are experiencing headaches, nausea, dizziness or changes in vision, go to the emergency room. These are symptoms of a brain injury. Sometimes the adrenaline rush after an accident can mask more serious injuries, including internal, back, spinal cord and brain injuries, so it’s very important to be seen. Be sure to let the provider know that you were in a car accident. You can call to speak with one of our attorneys for free if you are unsure of what to do next.
Pratt Clay LLC Is Here When You Need Us
You can feel especially vulnerable after a car or truck accident. You may worry about how to pay medical bills or what to do about the lost income you suffered when you could not work. At Pratt Clay LLC, we have won significant monetary awards for our clients. We understand how to help. Call 404-566-9460 for a free no-risk, no-obligation meeting, so we can let you know what steps to take. You can also contact us by sending an introductory email that tells us a little about your accident.