Getting in a car accident is never a pleasant experience. However, what can make this situation even more stressful or challenging is if you were to get in this car accident in a very busy area, be it on the freeway or in rush hour traffic or in a crowded parking lot. With other cars and people right around you, you might feel additional pressure in the situation, or you may have added danger surrounding you as you try to manage the situation you find yourself in. So to help ensure that you’re able to get everything taken care of in a safe and efficient manner, here are three tips you should remember when handling a car accident in a busy area.
Move Your Vehicle, If You Can Do So Safely
Depending on where you were when you got in this car accident, your vehicle may be sitting in an area that’s pretty unsafe for it to be with other cars around. If this is the case, Jason Tchir, a contributor to The Globe and Mail, recommends that you try to move your vehicle out of the way of traffic or other people, but only if you can do so safely. If moving your vehicle isn’t going to be possible, either because your car physically isn’t able to move or you’re in a very precarious situation, it’s best for you to leave your car where it is until help arrives to assist you in making the area around you safer.
Don’t Get Out Of The Car Unless You Have To
Especially if you get in a car accident on a busy road, like a freeway, it’s important that you take actions that will ensure that you stay as safe as you can until help gets to you. One of the best ways you can do this, according to Gary Richards, a contributor to Mercury News, is to stay in your vehicle with your seat belt securely fastened. Unless you’re in more danger by staying in your car, like if you’re leaking gas or are stopped around a blind corner on the road, you should never get out of your car on a roadway, as it’s much easier for you to get hit by a car as a pedestrian than as a vehicle.
Follow The Standard Procedure
Once you’re sure that you’re safe or help has arrived to assist you, you should then follow the standard procedure of what to do after you’ve been in a car accident. According to Laura Adams, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, this includes doing things like calling the police to make a report, exchanging insurance information with the other driver or drivers, documenting the accident for yourself, and contacting your insurance company.
If you ever get in a car accident in a busy area or on a heavily trafficked road, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you safely handle this stressful situation.