A car accident happens every 60 seconds, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That totals nearly 6 million car accidents a year. Of that number, almost one-third involve multi-vehicle collisions.
It only takes one driver who is distracted for a moment to trigger a massive pile-up of cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles all crashing into one another. The probability of serious injuries and death from multi-vehicle collisions is high.
Here are some safety tips to remember when approaching the scene of a car accident.
Act quickly. If you are one of the first drivers to witness the crash and suspect there is injury to one or more of the vehicle occupants’ call 911 immediately. But pull over safely to do so, first. Safety experts generally recommend you park your car safely out of the traffic lanes and turn on your emergency flashers. Do not attempt to move any of the injured persons. This can cause a minor injury to turn into a serious one. Turn off the ignition switches on vehicles involved in the accident to reduce the risk of fire and wait for the EMT’s and police to arrive.
Do not panic. Drivers who panic at the scene of the accident can cause another accident. Some drivers overreact by swerving or making a sudden exit and cutting off other vehicles to avoid the traffic congestion.
Do not stare. Keep your eyes focused on the road and what is ahead of you. Avoid “rubbernecking.” This can cause a slowdown and puts you, your passengers and others on the road at risk. Paying too much attention to the accident can cause you to miss brake lights ahead and dangerous road debris.
Pay attention to signs, detours and traffic patterns. Be a defensive driver and scan the traffic ahead, just not what is in front of you. This will increase your chances of being able to spot a problem, while still having enough time to react, which will decreases the chance of a rear-end collision.
Do You Have Questions About A Car Accident in Central Florida
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, you need to contact an experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorney immediately. Florida drivers have only 14 days to seek initial medical attention to receive insurance benefits after an accident. The damages from a serious car accident are not always covered in a settlement from your insurance company. Many times, the initial settlement offer is barely enough to cover the basic costs associated with your accident. Our personal injury attorneys are well equipped and armed with years of legal experience helping people file auto insurance claims. We can help you obtain full compensation for your medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.