Driving is inherently one of the most dangerous activities Americans do on a daily basis. Statistics back this up, as there are over 30,000 deaths in the US every year and 2 million injuries, according to KidsHealth. There are a few things you should keep in mind and make sure your emotions don’t sweep you away after a crash. If you are calmer after a crash has happened, you are more likley to make better judgements. If you’ve just been in a crash, don’t attempt to get out of your car. Make sure your hazard lights are on and get in touch with emergency services immediately. If your car is in good condition and you aren’t injured, it may be ok to move your vehicle. When you get in touch with an emergency operator, be sure to supply them with important information such as who is involved in the wreck, what is going on and where the wreck happened. Police may arrive at the scene even if there aren’t any injuries to help you mediate any questions of who is at-fault. If they don’t it is up to to you file a report immediately. Make sure you record any necessary driver information such as their insurance company, name, address, phone number, license plate number, etc. Take any photos and describe exactly what happened soon after the crash took place so you don’t forget any details. If the crash is more than a minor fender-bender, you will want to make sure the police get involved with your case.
There are many other roadside emergencies that may occur while driving, such as a tire blowing out or if your vehicle stops working. It is hard not to panic in these scenarios, but try to stay clear-headed and stay off the brake, then get help immediately once you are safely off the road. If your car cannot easily be repaired, you may need it towed. If you are in the middle of traffic, call the police immediately and wait inside your car with the doors locked and your emergency lights flashing. Staying away from traffic by remaining in your car is important, as this could lead to a collision.
Feelings may arise after a collision resulting from postraumatic stress disorder, due to dealing with guilt or upsetting thoughts If you have constant anxiousness, anger, relive the accident repeatedly, or have trouble sleeping, these are indications you have not fully recovered. Talk to your friends and family and possibly get help from a therapist.