Whether it’s an exam or battlefield, being prepared always helps. The same applies to road accidents, which are quite common on city streets and highways.
So, what do you do when involved in a road accident? Should you argue or fight with the other party? Well, this is the usual response from most people. But that’s not the right way.
If you are involved in a road accident, here’s what you need to do.
Don’t panic – Road accidents can be highly disorienting. Due to shock, most people tend to panic. Try to keep a cool head and follow the standard guidelines described below.
Check for injuries – Examine yourself to identify any cuts or bruises. Do the same for anyone travelling with you. If you or someone else is not feeling well, call an ambulance immediately. Ask for help if you cannot make the call yourself.
Inform the police – Dial 100 and request assistance. You can also visit the nearest police station to file an FIR.
Don’t be intimidated – It is possible that the other party might put the blame on you. They might also demand on the spot cash compensation. Don’t give in to such demands. Tell them clearly that the police are on their way.
Record evidence – Use your mobile phone to click images / videos of the accident site. Capture the damages caused to vehicles involved. Also record any injuries to you or other victims. Note down details of vehicles involved in the accident. Ask for name, address, mobile number and email ID of the other party.
File an insurance claim – You need to inform your insurer and schedule an inspection. It’s important to recover financial losses arising from a road accident.
By following these guidelines, you can minimize risks associated with road accidents. Always remember to give priority to saving lives when involved in a road accident. Your actions need to be guided accordingly. Rest everything else is secondary.
Always drive safely and follow traffic rules and guidelines!
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