If you’re traveling down one of Columbia’s Interstates and you’re hit from behind in a multi-car crash, it’s important to know what steps to take. By following these tips, you and your passengers will know what to do in the minutes following an accident involving several vehicles.
- Check the passengers in your car to find out if they have any injuries and evaluate your own condition. If necessary, retrieve the first aid kit in your car’s console for treating minor injuries.
- Contact emergency personnel and give the dispatcher detailed instructions on where the accident occurred. If you or your passengers have injuries, relay this information to the dispatcher and request a paramedic.
- Avoid removing your seatbelt or getting out of the car. In accidents involving multiple vehicles, movement on the roadway can last for several minutes after the initial crash. Only get out of your vehicle if you perceive immediate danger, such as a vehicle fire. Move to the side of the road far away from any hazards and do not stand in the roadway.
- While waiting for the authorities to arrive, try to remember every detail of the accident and write it down. Even though this is a stressful time, it’s best to record this information while it’s still fresh in your mind. If there are passengers in the vehicle with you, have each person write down the details they remember too.
- Only exit your vehicle when emergency personnel have arrived and instructed you to get out of your car.
If you’ve been involved in a multiple car accident that wasn’t your fault and you have injuries, Columbia car accident attorneys can help. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll review your case.