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Car Crash 101: 5 Helpful Tips For The Eyewitness

Witnessing a car crash is almost as scary as being in one. If you see an auto accident, you probably feel a rush of emotions: terror, empathy, compassion, and even anger. While you might be feeling a little scared, you should offer your help. If you don't know how to help, don't worry. Just follow these five tips to help those in a car accident:

1. Call The Authorities

Perhaps, the first and most important thing you should do after witnessing an auto accident is call the authorities. Local police and emergency personnel should be called immediately after seeing a car crash, so don't delay and call 9-1-1. You can also contact the authorities with a local phone number if it is a minor fender bender.

When calling, answer any all questions. You should also be prepared to give any necessary information, such as location and number of cars or people involved. This information is important for emergency responders, so answer all questions calmly and carefully.

2. Check For Injuries

After calling the authorities, make sure you go to the accident scene and check for any injuries. If people are injured, help them out of the vehicle if it is a dangerous setting —such as the vehicle being on fire. However, don't move injured people if it is a serious injury, or if they are stuck. You might make matters worse.

3. Take Notes

It might be overwhelming and hard to focus, but you can really help out by taking notes. Detail what happened, who was at fault, and what caused the accident. You should also write down the vehicles involved. Make sure to notate the model and type of cars, as well as their colors. You should also jot down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.

4. Capture Photos

In addition to taking notes, you can also take photos of the accident scene. Make sure to take various photos, including any damages. Be sure to take photos from all different angles, including up-close details of damages and license plates.

5. Exchange Information

Finally, exchange your personal contact information with the drivers. You might need their information to make a detailed police report. Additionally, a driver might need your information for witness testimony, should the case go to court or should a car accident attorney, such as at Cok Kinzler PLLP, need to talk to you. 

Witnessing an auto accident might be scary, but it happens all the time. If you witness a car crash, use these tips to help the people involved.