Safe Driving: How to Prevent Additional Injuries at an Accident Site
Accident sites can often be chaotic. Unfortunately, many people suffer injuries after an accident because of safety issues that arise at the scene. Drivers and bystanders can and should take actions to prevent additional injuries. Even when these precautions are taken, there may be remedies available to those who suffer injuries.
How to prevent additional injuries at an accident site:
To prevent additional injuries at an accident site, drivers and bystanders can do several things, including:
- Contact law enforcement and medical personnel immediately
- Move away from any potential hazards (e.g., other traffic, fires, debris, etc.)
- Wait for law enforcement before confronting other parties involved in the accident
- Request witnesses to remain at the scene
In many situations, you should remain in the vehicle, if you are in a safe location and not at risk. If there is a risk of injury from other traffic, vehicle exhaust, fire or other hazards, then you should exit the vehicle. Bystanders should be mindful of the potential hazards and avoid interjecting themselves into harm’s way. Bystanders should also wait at the scene for the arrival of law enforcement, so they can provide information about the accident.
When should you contact a Tampa Florida personal injury attorney?
If you sustain injuries at an accident site, consider contacting a Tampa car accident attorney to review what rights you may have. A personal injury attorney in Tampa can explain how you may have a claim for money damages as a result of the injuries you sustained. If the facts of your case give rise to a personal injury claim, then an attorney can assist you in filing the claim and potentially negotiating a settlement to compensate you for your injuries.
The Tampa Florida personal injury attorneys from Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore can provide legal advice and representation to help injured persons recover money damages for injuries sustained in an accident when those injuries are caused by the negligence or misconduct of others. If you have been injured at an accident site, contact Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore to schedule a free phone consultation or an in-office appointment.