Last fall in Anchorage, a woman was killed after being involved in a minor two-car collision. Her death was the result of a second crash, which occurred when she got out of her car after the initial accident. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. After an accident, drivers and passengers are still at risk on the road.
The Risks Continue Even After a Crash
Once the moment of the crash has passed, drivers and passengers may assume that all the damage has been done. However, it’s important to realize that the time directly after an accident can also carry risks. Others on the road are likely not expecting to come upon a crash. They may be driving too fast or too closely to slow down or move over in time to avoid a further incident. It’s also possible that debris from the crash or damage to the road can impact the roadway for other drivers. It’s important to recognize these dangers and take steps to minimize them.
Steps to Protect Yourself After an Alaska Car Accident
After the jolt of a car crash, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and shaken up. Typically, drivers and passengers are experiencing a car crash for the first time, and they may not know exactly what to do next. If you are involved in an accident without injuries needing immediate attention, keep these important steps in mind:
- Move your vehicle off the road if possible. If your car can be moved and there is room, try to get it out of the way of traffic. When possible and safe, take a few pictures of the accident scene before you move anywhere. If you are unsure if your vehicle is safe to be moved, don’t do anything.
- Move yourself and your passengers to the safest location you can find. It’s possible that the safest location is inside your damaged car with your seatbelt buckled, especially on a busy highway. If you can, though, exit your vehicle and distance yourself from traffic. Never leave the scene of an accident, but find the safest spot until authorities arrive.
- Make the area visible. Turn on your vehicle’s flashers. If you have flares or reflective triangles, use them to make the crash area as visible as possible to approaching drivers.
- Take care when approaching others involved. In some cases, other drivers may blame you for the accident, or they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It can be hard to predict how people will react in a stressful situation such as a car accident, so be cautious. Always call the police directly after an accident.
An Experienced Injury Attorney May Be Able to Help
Being involved in one car accident is enough. Not only is further injury stressful, but it can also complicate a legal claim. The at-fault drivers will likely point fingers at each other, blaming the other for your property damage and injuries. This can make your claim confusing and complicated. When you simply need the compensation you deserve to obtain medical care and ensure your family’s financial stability during your recovery, an experienced injury attorney can help you understand your rights and investigate your accident to find the best way forward.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident in Alaska, call attorney Ben Crittenden in his Anchorage office today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page. You’ll connect directly with Ben, who can help you obtain all the compensation you deserve.