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:

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

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

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  2. 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. ☺

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    1. We were a million times fortunate. :)

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

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    1. Kids do make us way more careful!! Agreed.

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  4. 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 :)

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

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  5. 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.

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

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  6. 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!!

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    1. 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.

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  7. 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.

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    1. 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.

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  8. 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

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

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  9. Accidents big or small are terrifying to me.

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

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

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

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

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    1. 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.

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  12. 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.

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    1. 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!).

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  13. 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.

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

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  14. 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

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

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  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    1. Accidents are very scary! And they happen so fast!

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  24. 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 :-)

    http://www.jessicacassidy.com

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

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  25. 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.

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

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

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

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  27. 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.

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    1. 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.

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  28. 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.

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

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  29. 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!

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  30. 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!

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    1. 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. ;)

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

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

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  32. 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.

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

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  33. 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!

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

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

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