Accidents happen every day, and that goes without saying. Some are fatal while some incur some bruises, scratches on the victims, and unnecessary noise of “ha! na God save una” from passersby. If one could choose to be involved in an accident, there’s hardly anybody who would wish to be involved in the former.
Anyway, many people have their own accident stories. How they had a close shave with death or how their goods were stolen from their damaged vehicles at the accident spot. And nothing attracts people to the road like accidents do – like flies to a pile of dung. That’s when you see this “accident specialist” dishing out blames and faults to everyone involved in the accident. Before you know it, the “sympathizers” join them to start thanking God like they were the ones involved in the accidents.
All these commotions could be disorienting for someone who just escaped death in an accident. It could get them more confused and not know what to do afterward. So, in case you are involved in an accident, what should you do?
Don’t assume the damage was minimal and drive off. Park your vehicle and stop.
2. Check Yourself
Let this be the very next thing you should do. Don’t panic. Don’t think about your car. Don’t start getting angry over the other party’s error that led to the accident. Do not even try to scream for help yet.
Sometimes, the adrenaline that pumped through your body when the accident was still in motion could numb your body to pain. This means that you might not be able to feel pains immediately after the accident. That is why you should make sure to check yourself for any signs of injury. Can you lift your arm? Is it broken or just trapped beneath something? Can you lift your legs? Can you open your eyes? Are you bleeding from anywhere?
When you have answers to those questions, you would be able to know if you need immediate medical attention that is beyond the powers of mere first aid. If you need immediate attention, let that be your priority. Try to get help.
3. Check for signs of immediate danger on the scene
Have you ever seen movies where an accident occurs but the vehicle doesn’t explode until some time after a collision, or something like that. Do you know that thing could actually happen in reality? There could be a fuel leak after the accident occurs that you are unaware of. The slightest spark could set blow things up.
So, make sure you check for signs of immediate danger if you can. If you can’t, just try to move away from the accident spot.
4. Call the FRSC or the Police
No, your parents aren’t the right people to call. Your wife isn’t the right person. Neither are your relatives nor your friends the right people. Except! Except any of these people work for the FRSC or the Police. If they don’t, then call the FRSC on any of these numbers: 122 or 07002255372. The passersby could be able to offer a little help here or there but they aren’t professionals. They were not trained to handle such situations like the FRSC are trained to do. Let them be the first people you call.
When they arrive, make your statement as best as you can. Don’t guess. If you don’t have some details, tell them you don’t. If you aren’t certain about something, let them know.
Whether you believe you were at fault it not, call the FRSC. And that brings us to the next point.
5. Never admit that you were wrong
You were involved in the accident. You may not know everything you think you know to be able to determine who was at fault. That is why you shouldn’t admit to being wrong. If you allow the other party involved in the accident to talk you into agreeing that you were in the wrong when, in fact, you weren’t, you would be making matters worse for yourself when your insurance company gets involved.
6. Let your insurance company know about it
Make a report to your insurance company. They need to know. Whether you were at fault or not, they still need to know what’s going on. Except you want to foot the bills of repairing the damages done to your vehicle and maybe those done to the other party’s vehicle.
7. Seek medical attention
After you have checked yourself and made sure that there is no immediate threat to your life as advised in the second point above, you can go ahead and with the other points. But do not forget to still get to a clinic or a hospital to check yourself up. In a lot of cases, accident victims don’t start feeling some pain until days after the accident. You don’t have to wait until then.
If after you’ve been to the clinic, you start feeling some more pains that were previously undiscovered, visit the clinic again.