Part 1 of a 2-Part Series
Although virtually every news story these days focuses on COVID-19, life goes on. While fewer people traverse roads in most locations, certain segments of society still need to get from Point A to Point B. And millions do so by car. Medical professionals, first responders, fire personnel and government officials, members of the media and others travel from home to work. What's more, the rest of us still need to shop for toilet paper. Unfortunately, Coronavirus or not, some of these drivers crash. So, what do you do if you have a car accident during COVID-19?
Managing a Car Crash in a Pandemic
Take StockThe first thing you should do if you are involved in an automobile collision, whether a pandemic is in play or not, is to assess your physical and mental condition as well as those of your passengers. Was anyone injured? Do you or any of your passengers feel light-headed? Does anything hurt? Before you do anything else, survey the condition of everyone in your car. If you think injuries are at play, stay in the vehicle and wait for assistance. Do this also if you aren't sure whether anyone has been injured. When in doubt, leave medical assessment to EMTs.
Check Out the Other CarWas someone in the other vehicle injured? As long as it is safe to do so, exit your automobile and approach the other driver in as calm a manner as you can. Don't level accusations or apologize. Record information including the make, model and color, year and license plate number for their car. Don't share your social security number or other sensitive data. You are required by law to provide only an ID, proof of insurance and registration. Resist the urge to volunteer anything beyond these.
Check back next week, when we will conclude this blog series about car crashes in the midst of coronavirus. We will discuss four more important steps you should after you're involved in a car accident.
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