Being in an accident can be a scary thing, especially if you’ve been injured. Probably the first thing you are going to want to do is get out of the car. However, even if you’re injured and think you can get out of the vehicle ok, there are a couple of things you should do first.
Check Your Passengers
Before you get out of your vehicle, if you had passengers with you, be sure to check on them first. Do this before you even get out of the car. This way you can do it from inside where it is probably quieter than outside and you will be better able to communicate with others in the vehicle. Ask everyone if they are ok. For children and babies, it might not be sufficient to ask them if they are ok. Be sure to do a visual check. Look closely at each child and make sure that, at least on the outside, they appear ok.
Check the Status of Restraint Systems
After you’ve checked everyone, check everyone’s restraint systems, like seat belts and air bags. Ensure that everyone actually had one on and make a note that you did ensure that all seatbelts were on at the time of the accident and that they were still on immediately afterwards. Wearing seatbelts is critical and you want to be sure that you can tell police and accident investigators that everyone was belted and that you checked.
Locate Important Papers
The last thing to do right before you get out of the car is locate your license and insurance papers. These papers will be very important to the investigation and you want to have them readily available. This is critical if you are injured and may be transported to the hospital leaving your vehicle behind. You don’t want these papers, or your purse if you carry one, being towed to the wrecking yard or repair shop with your vehicle. Be sure to grab these things on your way out of your car door and keep them with you until you return home. You will need to show them to the police and may need to provide insurance information to other drivers.
Before you get out of your car after an accident, there are three things to do that will only take a moment. Check yourself and passengers for injuries, then make sure that everyone was indeed wearing their seatbelts. Then, grab your license and insurance information. These things can prove vitally important immediately after an accident.