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How can you help at the scene of a car accident?

There is little else as unsettling as witnessing a car accident and watching in horror as a scene unfolds that you have no control over. Concerned about the other motorists who are involved in the collision, your first instinct may be to get out and help them. However, being familiar with how to approach an accident scene in Washington can help you work with confidence and clarity. 

Your priority should be getting your vehicle to a place where it is out of the way and you can exit safely. Once in a safe place, you should contact 911 immediately and stay on the line with the operator until first responders arrive at the scene. Provide thorough details of your location and the vehicles that are involved so the authorities can get to your location as quickly as possible. 

According to Insurance, the vehicles that have been involved in the collision should be stabilized to prevent any other chain reactions from happening. If you can see the people inside of the damaged vehicles, do your best to assess their condition and pass that information along to the 911 operator. If they appear to be severely injured, do not move them. Try to talk to them to keep them engaged and distracted from their condition. Ask them questions about their family or things they may like to do.

If the people who have been involved in the accident can walk away on their own, it may be of a benefit to them that you stay on the scene to provide a witness description of the accident. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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