Recent highway accidents in Kentucky where witnesses became fatalities highlight how dangerous a vehicle crash scene is. Here are some tips to remember if you witness an accident that can increase your safety.
Get your vehicle to a safe spot
If you witness a car accident while driving and want to stop, drive your vehicle to safety off the roadway, preferably on the road’s shoulder or beyond. Avoid parking in or next to a median. It would be best if you parked several yards away from the accident to avoid dangerous debris and possible vehicle fire. The distance should be far away enough so emergency vehicles can easily access the accident scene.
Right after stopping your vehicle in a safe location, turn on your vehicle’s emergency flashers. This will increase your visibility and alert first responders that they are getting closer to the accident. Next, you should call 911 and inform them of the accident.
It can be shocking to witness an accident, so remember to stay calm as you wait for emergency help to arrive. Before deciding if you should exit your vehicle to try to offer support to victims, take the time to identify possible dangers around the accident scene. If you are a medical professional and go to help an accident victim, assess the safest approach. Remember, in low light conditions; you may not be visible to motorists on the highway. Finally, when the police arrive, give a full statement of what you saw and your contact information.
By following these tips, you can keep safety at the forefront and reduce your chances of being in an accident of your own.