Vehicular collisions may range in severity from small accidents such as fender-benders to the large crashes such as multi-car pileups; however, even fender-benders can cause serious medical injuries. Everyone should know what to do if they experience a personal injury as a result of a car accident in Ripon.
Take a Deep Breath and Remain Calm
If someone has been injured in a car accident by a distracted driver, it can be tempting to let tempers flare or worry about the state of the car; however, people don’t think clearly when their emotions are controlling them. This can make it difficult to take the right course of action after a car accident. People should take a second to take a deep breath and think about what to do next. Take a look around and see if other people have been injured and assess if an emergency situation is present, such as in an accident on Highway 12 recently. Other dangerous intersections include W Acacia and W Milgeo, along with S Acacia and Route 99.
Contact Emergency Services
If someone has been injured in a car accident, especially if the other person was drunk driving, call 911 immediately. Inform the operator that someone has been injured to expedite the arrival of emergency services. In the meantime, try to move away from the vehicle if possible and encourage others to do the same. It may difficult for the average person to assess the state of the car and it could be dangerous, particularly if airbags have not deployed or if fluids are leaking. Once the medical team arrives on the scene, they will begin the process of applying first aid, assessing injuries, and sending people to a hospital if necessary, particularly if polytrauma has occurred.
Seek Expert Medical Attention
Regardless of whether or not someone was hit by a driver who was speeding (or committing reckless driving), anyone who has been injured in an accident should seek expert medical attention. Some injuries, such as head and brain injuries, may not manifest themselves immediately. As time passes, the injury could be getting worse, making it harder to treat once it is identified. In order to have the best prognosis possible, everyone should seek medical care immediately after an accident, particularly if they were injured on Highway 99 near the Stanislaus River, where an accident recently occurred. During the recovery process, it could be helpful to order collision reports for car accidents in Ripon to see if other accidents have occurred at the same location.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Ripon
I’m Ed Smith, a Ripon Car Accident Lawyer. Even the smallest of car accidents can wind up causing serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call my office at (209) 227-1931 for friendly, free advice. I may be contacted through my toll-free line at (800) 404-5400.
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