Being in a car accident is something we hope will never happen. However, it doesn’t always matter how safe you are as a driver. If you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, someone else could cause you harm.
Accidents can happen at both high speeds and low speeds, depending on the roads they occur on and why they happen in the first place. Cars can also potentially be hit from all directions. For example, someone could drive into the back of you, or they could turn in front of you, causing you to hit them if there is no time for you to stop.
Treating car accident victims in the proper manner
Sometimes victims can easily get out of the car without any aid. Injuries may be minor, such as sustaining seatbelt injuries for example, or minor whiplash. However, in some cases someone might be unconscious, or may be unable to get out of the car at all. The golden rule is to call an ambulance in these situations, to make sure those involved in the accident receive the support and help they need. They should not be moved unless a medical professional is on hand to do it properly.
Very often, more serious injuries can be made worse if someone tries to move an injured person. Treating car accident victims should be done very carefully, and ideally only by medically trained personnel. The one exception is if the person’s life is in danger by leaving them where they are. For example, if the car has caught fire, getting them out will be a priority.
How bad were your injuries?
If you are reading this article and remembering an accident you had in the past three years, you may be wondering who was at fault. It’s not too late to find out, if you haven’t yet made a claim of any kind.
While getting legal help may seem difficult, it doesn’t have to be. You can call 0800 689 0500 to get through to Accident Advice Helpline so you can speak with an experienced member of staff. We may be able to represent you with a professional injury compensation lawyer who has won cases for other people who have been injured in car accidents. It doesn’t hurt to call, and our advice is given with no obligation to proceed.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead