If you are driving on the highway and see a car accident, you might be wondering how you can help. In such an incident you could play as an important role as a witness to the accident, with your testimony potentially influencing the outcome of a personal injury case.
Here are a few steps you can take if you see an accident.
- Stay safe: Pull over off the road to a safe area, far enough away from the accident that you’re not going to be in any danger and that you’re able to leave room for arriving emergency vehicles. Put on your hazard light, and make sure it’s safe before you exit your car. If the highway is busy, stay in your vehicle when you call emergency services.
- Call 911: It is best to call 911 if you are at all unsure of whether the situation qualifies as an emergency. The person taking the call can gather the information needed to determine if emergency assistance is needed. Answer any questions the responder has.
- Provide support: If you are comfortable doing so and you believe it’s safe to get close to the accident, you can head to the victims and see if they are injured or need any assistance. Do not attempt to move anyone who is hurt, as you could make it worse. Assure them that emergency medical responders are on the way.
- Give a statement: Talk to police about what you saw. Your statement will be important evidence to include in a potential injury claim. Just make sure you stay calm and be careful, especially when giving information that portrays one party as being at fault.
For more information about the steps you should take if you’ve been a witness to a car accident, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.