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As a teenager, you are probably most excited when you get to drive your car for the first time – a feeling of excitement and happiness that can be a bit hard to explain. Nonetheless, it is also the best time to get familiar with your rights and laws related to personal injury and road accidents in the USA.
Now, we don’t mean to scare you, but the truth is that accidents can happen anywhere and anytime. Sometimes, we don’t have control over things, and more specifically, we don’t have control over others actions. The only thing that we have control over is our reactions to other’s actions and our instant circumstances.
Suppose you encounter a car accident while you are driving back home from a friend’s party. You might also get accidentally indulged in a car accident where your car gets hit by another car. Whatever the circumstances are, instead of panicking, the following are things that you can do if you get involved in a car accident. Read on to learn more.
Calm Your Mind and Yourself
Suppose you and your vehicle get involved in a car accident. The first thing you need to do is calm yourself and get in a better state of mind. As human beings, we experience a wide range of emotions, such as guilt, anger, frustration, shock, and nervousness.
That said, instead of freaking out, you need to understand that you have a serious matter at hand. Therefore, you need to focus on calming down. You can start taking deep breaths so that your heart rate slows down and your mind relaxes a bit.
Some people even count to ten to calm their nerves and assess the situation. Don’t overreact, and don’t start to fight and argue with other people. Also, don’t start explaining yourself. Firstly, you need to calm down and assess the graveness of the situation before reacting to it.
Safety is Essential
After you have calmed down, park your car on the side of the road and make sure that you and other people are safe. If you see someone injured, call the ambulance straight away and try to give first-aid, if required. If the situation doesn’t allow you to get out of the car, keep your seatbelt fastened and turn on the car hazard lights.
Subsequently, call the police and inform the ambulance about the accident. Nonetheless, if there are no injuries and the car is in good condition, make sure to park it on the side so that no traffic gets blocked.
Contact Your Lawyer
Instead of arguing with the other party or explaining yourself to the police, gather witnesses. The best thing to do is take down (take a picture) the license plates of all vehicles involved in the accident. Collect all sorts of evidence that can be later represented at the court and to the insurance company. Rest assured, remain calm and silent after you have called your attorney. Lawyers are legal experts who know the complex laws around different situations. They will take up your case and make sure that you get out of trouble in the best way possible.