What to Do If You Witness a Bad Car Collision

You are driving down a busy roadway on your way to work. As you approach the red light, you see the car in front of you speed up, attempting to beat the yellow light. The light is red as they speed on through and they are immediately struck on the side and the car is flipped. Both vehicles have shattered windows and caved in sides. What do you do know?

Witnessing a bad car collision can be scary. By preparing yourself on how to react, you will feel more confident on what to do if you ever find yourself in this situation.

  • AccidentThe first thing to do is pull completely off the roadway. Wherever you park, make sure it’s at least 20 feet away so that emergency personnel can still gain access to the scene.
  • Once you are out of the way, call 911. The quicker the dispatchers get the call about the accident, the quicker they can send the appropriate responders – and the quicker they can arrive to assist. When calling 911, the person speaking needs to be able to relay the location, descriptions, what happened, if there are injuries and more.
  • If you feel safe doing so, you can check for injuries. If the accident is in the center of an intersection, be aware of cars that don’t realize an accident has occurred because further accidents could happen and you don’t want to be part of those accidents as a pedestrian.
  • It is best not to smoke or use flares around an accident. There could be a gas leak that could ignite.
  • If there are injured people in the vehicles, and the vehicle isn’t on fire, leave the person there unless you are a trained medical professional. Attempting to move an injured person without proper training could result in an even more severe injury. Take this case for instance; if the rescuer that found the boy had picked up the boy, even as heartbreaking as his screams and cries were, he probably would have died. Instead, he held his head in an immobilized position for 30 minutes while waiting for responders, saving his life.
  • If it is possible and safe to do so, attempt to get the vehicles out of the roadway. Once out of the roadway, turn off the ignition.

When you witness a car wreck, you play a key role to the responding police officers. Their job is to find out what happened, exactly as it happened. Sometimes accident reports can go to court, like in the case of drunk drivers, hit and runs, and injury accidents, and your testimony could be a crucial piece of evidence to convicting the ones that put others in harm’s way. Accident scenes usually feel a bit chaotic because of traffic and sirens and an abundance of debris, but by keeping a cool head you can be of great assistance.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Sam Milam

Sam Milam

Sam Milam has been writing and running her own businesses for several years. She was a police and fire emergency 911 dispatcher for four years. She has received training for handling responses to active shooters, suicides, kidnappings, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, tactical incidents, natural disaster emergencies and so on. Knowledge is power, and by passing on that knowledge she hopes to provide tools for others to avoid and protect themselves and those around them.
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