If you’ve been involved in a crash, you already know how tumultuous it can be. Everything happens really fast and it’s hard to recall the exact sequence of events. One minute you’re driving along calmly and less than a minute later, your car might be completely smashed, you might be injured, you may be off the road and you might even be trapped in the vehicle.
Be Calm and Take Stock
What do you do in this situation? The first thing to keep in mind is to be calm. It might seem impossible to be calm in this situation but you have to make an effort. It’s not going to do you any good if you panic. Neither is it going to help anyone else who is involved in the crash.
So take a few deep breaths. Make an effort to stop crying or shivering. Think about the situation you are in. Are you trapped in your vehicle? Can you get out? Are you feeling intense pain in any one part of your body?
Get Out and Call 911
If you can get out, then do so because gas leakages that happen during a crash can lead to explosions and fires. If you are trapped, then check whether you can reach your cell phone and call 911.
If you were involved in a crash in a populated place, there will also be other people calling 911. So you have nothing to worry about because help is on the way. If it’s just you and the other vehicle, then make sure that you dial 911 right away.
Broken Limbs and Medical Help
Remember that if one of your limbs seems to be broken, you shouldn’t put too much pressure on it or you will make the injury worse. Do what’s necessary to get out of your situation but try to put less pressure on your broken limb. Crawl instead of walking if you have broken a leg. Support your arm with the other if it seems to be broken.
Once you’re being helped, be sure to tell the medics what happened and where you’re feeling pain. They might take you in for observation even if you don’t seem to be injured badly. It’s a good idea to go because sometimes people suffer from internal injuries without realizing it.
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