Sunday, June 1, 2014

After an Accident (what to do, what to avoid)

I remember the first time I was in an auto accident. I was in high school and had been 'dating' an old family friend that year. He just got his driver's license and was over the moon happy!! My mom and I agreed to go along with him on a ride to the lake. All was well, he was careful driving, used his signals, obeyed all of the laws, and got us to the lake safely. When it was time to go, he backed out too soon and hit a car that was driving forward. Thankfully everything was at a snail's pace because it was in a small, congested parking area and after viewing the damage both parties moved on without further adieu, but it was a good lesson learned.

Infographic courtesy of Result Matters

My second accident was driving along the highway at top (permitted) speed. I felt like something was 'off' all of the sudden, and remember wondering if there was a groove in the road?  That was right before the rear axle broke in the totally refurbished step-side pickup (she was a beauty!) and we flipped a couple of times (with a mountain on one side, and a drop off on the other). Thankfully, the semi-truck driver behind me pulled right over and radioed for help (this was 25 years ago, long before cell phones were so ubiquitous). My oldest son was a baby, and he and I were 100% fine, but that truck driver was smart. He didn't try to help/move us, and he called for help immediately.

Though it is not something we ever want to take place, there are certain things you should know and remember should an accident occur. Safety is without a doubt the number one priority when there is an accident, but there are other things that are important to know as well. This infographic shown above, courtesy of Result Matters, is an excellent guide for helping you to know what to do.

67 comments:

Jen said...

Accidents are always scary even the minor ones. I've only been in one and I'm thankful for that.

Sandee said...

You were very fortunate to have the trucker behind you. He lived on the road and knew the rules. You were most fortunate.

Thanks for the reminder.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

~ Noelle said...

I am even more concerned now as a mother with any accidents...

Janine Huldie said...

I still remember the accident I had right after graduated high school. Back then you thought (at least I did) that you were invincible, but now I know better. Thanks for sharing the info graphic here :)

Masshole Mommy said...

Those are great tips. I am so careful when I drive, especially with the kids, but it's the other guy you have to watch out for.

MikiHope said...

I have been in quite a few accidents--mostly while I was waiting for a red light to change green and the guy behind me didn't--oh and there was the one where I was stopped at a stop sign before merging onto a parkway late at night--the guy behind me didn't--then hit me again because I didn't move!! Luckily his wife stuck up for me--this was all before cell phones--I totally agree with that info above!!

Diane Estrella said...

I have not been in an accident in years. My mom was driving and I think someone else knew what to do so we were covered. Great tips.

Pat Hatt said...

Never had one thankfully, I had to stupid axle break twice though, but I was just on a side street so all I had to do was pull over

becca said...

Accidents big or small are terrifying to me.

Couponing Away Debt said...

Accidents are so scary and I worry more now that I am traveling with my children.

Kendall Rayburn said...

Great tips! Accidents really scare me - especially because I drive with my little ones in the car all the time.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I have had one serious accident I was stopped on the freeway in traffic and a young kid behind me didn't notice traffic had stopped he was changing a cd and slammed right into the back if me. I remember hearing a bang and realising I was staring at the roof. My little hatchback had been crumpled right up and my chair had broken, it was down flat. The guy who came to the scene ould not believe that not only was I alive but not a scratch, I'm forever grateful the kids weren't in the car they would've been goners. This is great information all kids should get a card version when they et their licences.

Elephant's Child said...

Excellent advice. My partner took out a (big) gum tree with the car one night. He was driving along a country road and lost it on the wet clay. The tree levelled the roof of the car with the dashboard. He saw it coming and ducked. He was lucky. We were lucky.

Ai Sakura said...

Good tips! I've never been involved in an accident where I was the driver and hope never to but it's always good to know these at the back of my head.

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Maddi'sMommy said...

These are great tips! It can be very hard to deal with your insurance company or any required legal action if you don't take the proper steps.

Lisa said...

Excellent Tips & Advice Hopefully I Won;t Need It LOL! Thank YOu!

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh Thank you Rosey, for your nice words of friendship. Wow, you are so nice.

Binky said...

That accident must have been very scary. You were very fortunate that day.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

I've never had an accident yet (a couple of near misses) I'm terrified of it happening though. x

Betty Taylor said...

I like the infographic! We saw an accident happen last evening and were almost caught up in it. My husband reacted quickly. He told my son and I we owed him because he saved our lives. He was being pretty dramatic!!

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

these are great tips. I really would be scared and nervous. now these ideas will keep me calmer

lisamc7 said...

I have been in two accidents and still have pains from both of them. Great tips you have shared!

Toni Patton said...

Accidents are so scary. I was in a very bad one, as a passenger, when I was in high school

JESSICA Cassidy said...

Driving is fun but still scary especially when you are driving with your family. You never know some crazy drivers are wasting their life on the road. I had one car accident when I had my vacation in the Philippines. It was scary :-( Thank you for your tip. It is a big help when things happen beyond your control on the road :-)

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valmg said...

Good tips. Sadly, many people are inclined to sue even if there's no real reason. When I was 17 I tapped a lady literally at 2 mph in bumper to bumper traffic once. She literally had one scratch on her car. The policeman noted no damage, no injuries, etc. Three months later the woman claimed she had whiplash and my insurance went up.

Jamie F said...

This is a great infographic as I tend to panic in a situation like this!

alissa apel said...

I've found myself going in freeze mode after an accident.

The worst feeling I had is when a car hit me when I was yielding to get on the interstate. I was prego with Isaak at the time. I was shaking so bad! The guy had insurance. Then later I found out he wasn't paying on it, and so I had to eat the cost. I called the cops to issue him a ticket, but they were so hard getting a hold of! My insurance company told me that they have bigger fish to fry, so to speak. I just dropped it. At least the accident wasn't worse.

This is a great post.

Growing Up Madison said...

I've been in a few accidents and one in which my car was totalled. Thank goodness for great insurance at the time. We did move our vehicles to the side of the road which is required anyway. Great infographics.

Kristal Deane said...

I've only been in two accidents and was the passenger both times. It's a scary situation, I can even imagine probably more scary for the driver. Thanks for all the tips!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I was only in one accident right after I got my license. It was the other guy's fault, though. My husband doesn't understand why I haven't been in more. According to him, I am the worst driver ever. Hmph!

mail4rosey said...

They really area, and it is good to know what to do, just in case.

mail4rosey said...

We were a million times fortunate. :)

mail4rosey said...

Kids do make us way more careful!! Agreed.

mail4rosey said...

Ah, I have a couple of children in that invincible zone (my two middles) and as a parent it's scary stuff!

mail4rosey said...

You can say that again (several times). It's amazing some of the things other people do on the road without fair warning.

mail4rosey said...

Good gravy! One of my SILs got hit by a semi sitting at a toll booth. Crumpled the car in right to her back seat.

mail4rosey said...

I had a black ice thing over the winter, but no one else was involved and everything was ok. Knock on wood there's no more of those.

mail4rosey said...

You were lucky-unlucky and that's the best kind of unlucky to be. We were lucky unlucky too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I don't like to hear them, or even hear the near misses.

mail4rosey said...

I'm ever aware of the precious cargo in the backseat too. ;)

mail4rosey said...

It's def. a good thing to know what to do should one arise. Knock on wood though, that we never have to sue the knowledge.

mail4rosey said...

Seems like you've got a couple of big miracles in your family. ;)
I have a SIL who was sitting at a toll booth and a semi ran into the back of her. It as the same situation you described and she walked out unhurt! That was absolutely amazing too (and hurrah for happy endings in unfortunate situations!).

mail4rosey said...

Aye, I can see it in my mind. I'm glad you (and he!) were lucky!

mail4rosey said...

That's how I feel too, it doesn't hurt to be prepared, even though we hope we'll never need the info.

mail4rosey said...

Very true!

mail4rosey said...

Agreed! Hopefully none of us will need it. :)

mail4rosey said...

Well you're pretty nice yourself, Renae. :)

mail4rosey said...

We still count our blessings over it and it was many, many years ago. :)

mail4rosey said...

I hope you can always, always say that...hurrah for no accidents!

mail4rosey said...

Dramatic is okay (it's a husband trait) so long as you were safe. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I'm glad they put together this infographic. It never hurts to have such knowledge for the 'just in case.'

mail4rosey said...

I'm sorry you've got residual effects. :(

mail4rosey said...

Accidents are very scary! And they happen so fast!

mail4rosey said...

I'm sorry to hear you had an accident while on vacay!!!

mail4rosey said...

I lived in S. FL. and suing is the norm there. I thought it was ridiculous.

mail4rosey said...

I like that they took the time to make that infographic too. It is filled with impt. info.!

mail4rosey said...

Oh my gosh, when you're expecting you do NOT want to be in an accident. Well, we never do, but esp. then!! I had a drunk driver hit and total my car in my driveway once. A neighbor chased the person down (crazy right?) and held him until the police came. He had no insurance. Court ruled him to pay me small payments forever (not really forever, but it was for a long time). He paid maybe two.

mail4rosey said...

I'm glad to hear you had good insurance too!!

mail4rosey said...

Thank you for the visit!

mail4rosey said...

My husband says that same thing to me. I tell him he can drive whenever he wants, I don't mind a bit. Too bad he doesn't always take me up on it. ;)

Debi Gerhart said...

I have been in 2 accidents and it was really scary.

Colette S said...

This is very useful!
It can be very nerve-racking during and after to know what to do. Gotta have to drill it inside or have noteables in the vehicle as reminder.

I remember mine. I still know it wasn't a fault of mine, but alas we'd need cameras to prove it.

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting, Debi. And I agree w/you in full.

mail4rosey said...

Accidents are so unnerving, and when fault comes into question, they can be even more unnerving!

momo said...

I remember my first accident, I was on a pretty long bridge and the weather was bad. The bridge iced over and I slid almost head on into another driver coming at me in the other lane. Was not a great day at all!

mail4rosey said...

Icy roads are the worst!! I hate, hate, hate winter driving when there's ice on the roads.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Thanks for the tips... I would have no idea what to do if I had an accident. Probably cry