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5 Things to Watch Out for if you are in a Car Accident

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Being involved in a car accident can be quite shocking, and it’s easy to forget the simple, but important, things you need to do at the roadside. The fact is that most drivers will be involved in a car accident at least once or twice in their time on the road. Below are 5 things to watch out for if you are ever in a car accident.

1. Identify Vehicles Involved

The first thing to do if you are in a car accident is write down the number plates of any and all other vehicles involved. It’s also worth getting the details of any cars that stop at the accident site as well. If you remember nothing else, make sure you do this. There is always the chance that the other vehicle, or vehicles, involved in the car crash will attempt to drive off before the police arrive. If they do, your record of the number plate will be the only method the police will have for tracking these drivers down.

2. Don’t Sign Anything

Should the other driver ‘suggest’ you sign anything at all – like an admission of fault or liability – don’t. This can (and likely will) be used later on with their insurance claim, but it can also be used in court if required. Often when you are in shock you aren’t thinking clearly, but signing anything when you’re in that state is not a good idea. Specialised professionals like the team at Motor Accident Legal Service will be able to help you figure out just what does need to be done, from a legal perspective, after an accident.

3. Shock

Speaking of states of shock, you are likely to go into one, either immediately at the crash site, or in the first 24-48 hours following the accident. You should be aware of this and pay attention to yourself. You may suddenly feel cold and shivery, or overly warm. Take it easy, and try to get someone to stay with you if you can, at least in the first few hours following the crash. Keep warm and get some rest if you are able. Time, support and your environment can all help with this sort of psychological shock, but everyone has a different experience.

4. Amnesia and/or Head Trauma

If you find you’re having trouble remembering what happened just before, during, or immediately after the car crash, make sure you inform the police and any other emergency personnel. While you may not remember hitting your head, or hurting your face when your airbag deployed, you may be suffering from a concussion. Make sure you consult a medical professional as soon as you can.

5. Soreness and Stiffness

Some bodily injuries do not make themselves apparent immediately. Only after the car crash do you begin to notice how painful something is – if this happens to you take action immediately, and see a doctor or visit an emergency room. Make sure you tell them you have been in a car accident.

It’s important to stay calm after an accident. Remember that while the information and details of exactly what happened are important, your physical wellbeing must take priority.

Have you ever been in a car crash? Share your experiences in the comments box below.

(Journalist) – Jorge is a Portuguese tech auto journalist and is responsible for our gadgets section. He joined our team in September 2009.