What To Do If You See An Accident

Witnessing an accident while you're driving can be scary and will likely leave you wondering "What can I do?" While we definitely do not recommend jumping into the scene of the accident and trying to rescue people, there are definitely things you CAN do. Here's what we recommend.

If you see an accident happen in front of you, slow down, and pull over. Stay far enough away from the scene so that emergency responders can reach the accident. Put on your four-way flashers, and do not leave your vehicle, especially if you're on a busy highway.

Call 911. It's not up to you to decide if the accident is an emergency or not. If you see an accident, report it and the dispatcher will make that call. Be specific with your details, and give your location. Remember to put your car in park before making the call.

Once you're off the phone with 911, and you feel that the scene is safe, offer help to the victims. Bring your vehicle's emergency kit to set up road flares or cones, and ask if any of the victims are hurt or need assistance. Offering your phone for them to call friends or relatives is another way to be helpful.

Stick around to speak to the police. They will want and need eyewitness accounts of what happened. They may ask for contact information in case they have follow-up questions. Until they arrive, do your best to be a comfort to the victims until their friends or family can arrive.

Remember; when you see an accident, no one is expecting heroics. But by calling 911, and being available for the victims, you can help ease the mind of those involved. Do you have questions about driving skills and instruction? We'd love to help! Reach out today!

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