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How to Help After Witnessing an Auto Accident

An auto accident scene creates chaos and stress. Not only are the following events frightening for those directly involved, they also create difficult situations for any witnesses and those around in the aftermath of the collision.

When speaking with past clients, we are alarmed to hear about accidents involving people who were unable to get help from witnesses or pedestrians near the scene. If you happen to directly witness an accident, recognize that you can and should help. Remember these tips to keep calm and assist the victims in the midst of chaos:

Park Your Vehicle

First and foremost, safely park your vehicle away from the accident scene and call 911. If there are injuries involved, every second matters. Providing the exact location and specifics of the involved parties and injuries makes a significant impact and helps the 911 dispatcher get emergency medical providers and police to the scene. Medical professionals can also assess the situation, in part, before they arrive when they have specific details.

Don’t Move the Involved Parties

Do not attempt to move the involved vehicles. The police, upon arrival, will determine when and where to safely move the vehicles from the roadway. Instead, look after the injured parties until help arrives.

Do not move an injured party until emergency medical providers arrive. Often, moving an injured person can cause additional damages and problems. Rather, provide comfort and reassurance to the injured individual until proper authorities arrive.

Capture the Scene

Use your cellphone. If you can safely take pictures and videos of the scene, the crash and any aftermath, this footage will be helpful for police and everyone involved.  

Leave Your Contact Information

If you must leave, you can still help. If you are a witness and are unable to stay at the collision scene, merely providing your contact information to those involved helps greatly. Your contact information will allow the police to contact you should there be a question of fault between the parties.  

Being the Good Samaritan comes with challenges on occasion, but providing common courtesy and a little help to others is worthwhile. We all know that if we were in an accident ourselves, having the help of others would be greatly appreciated.

If you have ever been involved in an accident, you know that is often hard to remember what happened. Providing an eyewitness account will assist both parties and their insurance companies in properly assessing any potential claims.

Whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian involved in an accident, you need an experienced attorney to help you through the process. The Chiozza Law Firm has handled thousands of automobile, bus and motorcycle accident cases over the years, achieving substantial settlements and verdicts.  We are a firm that you can trust, as evidenced by our reasonable fee arrangements and history.

Call 901-526-9494 for a free consultation or contact Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, for immediate assistance. It costs absolutely nothing to speak with an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm about your case, but it can cost you more than you think should you not consult with an experienced attorney.

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 10:20 AM
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