You heard the screeching of the brakes and turned just in time to see one vehicle plow into the rear end of another car stopped at a red light. You can see that both automobiles are badly damaged, and you wonder if the occupants are okay. Here are some dos and don’ts if you are witness to a vehicle accident.
Do Call 911
As soon as possible, dial 911 and report the accident. Give details about the vehicles involved and the location of the collision. Provide the dispatcher with any information he or she requests and stay at the scene until police arrive so you can provide a witness statement.
Do Be Safe
You don’t know the mental or physical state the victims are in, so unless you are a doctor or EMT, don’t rush into the scene of the accident to help anyone. Wait on the sidelines until the police arrive. If you see someone walk into the middle of traffic and collapse, try to let coming drivers know of the dangerous situation ahead.
Do Collect Information
Collect as much information as you can about the vehicles and the drivers. If possible, take photos of both. This can be especially helpful if one of the vehicles leaves the scene of the accident without providing any information to the other party. If asked, provide the name of a car accident lawyer Orlando.
Don’t Be a Hero
Don’t try to stop anyone from leaving the scene. Don’t put yourself in danger by contradicting anyone about the information they are providing. Don’t try to pull someone out of a burning car – unless you are a firefighter.
Don’t Offer Aid
If someone experiences a life-threatening injury, don’t attempt to provide emergency aid unless you have medical training and licensing. Instead, ask the 911 dispatcher to send emergency medical personnel to the scene.
Being a witness to a vehicle accident can be a shocking event, especially is someone is seriously injured. Legally, it is your choice whether to provide a witness statement or to go home. What will you choose?