Driving a vehicle is most likely the most dangerous activity that the majority of us will ever do. According to the figures released for 2012, the UK road traffic accident statistics are pretty grim:
- Killed – 1,754
- Seriously Injured – 23,039
- Slightly Injured – 170,930
Although you may do your best to drive responsibly and defensively, it is still best practice to know what to do just in case you wind up in a car crash in South Yorkshire, or anywhere else. Crashes can be very frightening experiences, but here are some tips if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in one:
Take a few deep breaths to help calm yourself. After a collision, you will naturally experience a whole range of emotions;
This is perfectly normal, but it can be controlled. Just take a few deep breaths, or maybe count to 10. It may sound cliched but it really can help you to calm down as you slow and regulate your breathing.
The calmer you are, the better prepared you will be to assess the situation and take action. Now is the time to take a look around you, and decide your next move.
Your first priority should be to keep yourself and others safe. Get out of the vehicle if you can; if you cannot, or it would be dangerous for you to do so, keep your seatbelt fastened, switch on your hazard lights (if you smell petrol, kill your engine completely), and then call the emergency services, if possible and wait for help to arrive.
If nobody is badly injured, and your vehicle is still reasonably safe to drive, make an effort to move the vehicle to a safe spot, that is not blocking the flow traffic and creating more dangerous conditions. The shoulder of the motorway, side of the road or a car park is ideal.
Leaving the scene of an accident is an offence, but doing so to avoid further risk or injury to others is acceptable – but remain close if possible so that emergency crews, if they are required, can see to you.
If you have been involved in a car crash in South Yorkshire, that was not your fault, then you should also contact Accident Advice Helpline after you have seen a doctor.
You can call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 or you can complete the online quick claim form too if you prefer.
Operating under the conditional fee agreement (no win, no fee*) since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped tens of thousands of people claim the compensation to which they are entitled.
Call us today, and see how we can help you.