If you witness a car accident, your appropriate course of action will depend on the circumstances of the incident. The first important thing is to make sure you don't put yourself in danger. After a car accident, especially a serious one, it's possible that there will be flames, fire or combustibles.
Do not approach the vehicle or get too close until you are certain that the scene of the accident is safe. In fact, you may want to keep your physical distance until a professional gets there if you have any doubt at all about whether there could be danger. You also do not want to exit your own vehicle in the middle of traffic, or leave your vehicle somewhere where it could cause another car accident.
If you suspect or know that an injury occurred to the individuals in the car, immediately call 911. If you believe it is safe to approach the car, you can try to make victims as comfortable as possible. However, you should NOT move them. Moving an injured person can turn a minor injury into a serious one.
When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, give your name to the police and to the parties involved in the accident. You should also consider making notes about what you personally witnessed, as you may be called on to help reconstruct the accident if there are questions about who was at fault.
Anyone who has been involved in a car accident knows that the effects can be far reaching. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Harris Law for a free consultation.