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Staying Safe Immediately After a Miami Car Accident

On January 10, 2017, Easter M. East was turning from US Highway 29 and joining Hazzard Lane in Cantonment, Escambia County when a car crashed into his rear. This set off a sequence of collisions that would involve 3 more vehicles.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, East suffered seMiami-Car-Accident-Lawyer (1).jpgrious injury and was hospitalized while occupants of the other cars experienced minor injuries and were mostly shaken. The close escape for everyone else was to however only provide temporary relief given the events that followed.

A man from Gulf Breeze, Michael A. Bailey arrived and decided to help. He pulled his car to the side of the road and walked to the crash site to offer whatever assistance he could. Not long after, a vehicle happened on the scene and swerved to avoid hitting the cars. The driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision was still in his car tried to evade the swerving vehicle. In the ensuing chaos, Bailey ran into the path of this car and was crushed. He was rushed to a Pensacola hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Mr Bailey's demise is unfortunate and heartbreaking. That is why at Paul K Schrier PLLC Miami car accident attorney, we cannot overemphasize how crucial it is for persons involved in a Miami car accident to take safety precautions at the crash scene.

What to Do After a Car Accident in Miami

  • Call 911 or the Police. Call the police or 911. By contacting emergency responders early, you ensure that there are disaster management experts at the scene as soon as possible. As persons well versed in safety procedures, the police, paramedics, firefighters or other teams who are called in, will be able to guide everyone on what they need to do to ensure one tragedy does not cause another.
  • Control Access. As happened in the tragic case of Mr. Bailey, some drivers and pedestrians will want to stop and help. The bigger the crowd at an accident scene, the higher the chances of something going terribly wrong. As you wait for emergency responders to arrive, keep an eye on how many people are actively helping out. Even where you allow assistance, this should be controlled and well managed. When you have as much help as you think you need, request everyone else to keep a safe distance and not to obstruct traffic.
  • Stay Calm. The aftermath of accidents is marked by disorientation, fear and anger among the persons involved. This mental state may not last for long. Nevertheless, it is during this brief period that an individual can make decisions they would otherwise not make when in their normal frame of mind. It can be difficult to stay rational especially if the accident resulted in the serious injury or death of someone. Still, make every effort to control your emotions. The calmer you are, the more likely you are to make sound decisions that take cognizance of your surroundings. This is important if you want to avoid causing another accident.
  • Manage Fire Risk. Accidents have no specific pattern in terms of the part of the vehicle that will be damaged. If the fuel tank or a fuel line on one of the cars was compromised resulting in a gas leak, there is a risk of fire and explosion. This could exacerbate what was a relatively minor accident. Even when a gas leak is not apparent, take precautions by discouraging everyone at the crash site from lighting up.
  • Take Photos. Taking photographs of the accident creates a lasting electronic record of the site. This will prove useful when pursuing your claim. Photos serve another more immediate purpose. If some or all the cars involved in the collision are still driveable, you can take them off the road since you now have an electronic record of the aftermath. That way, you reduce the likelihood of more injuries if another driver crashes into the scene. It also minimizes disruption to traffic flow.

Also Read: 5 Actions to Avoid after a Miami Car Accident

Contact an Experienced Paul K Schrier PLLC Miami Car Accident Lawyers

When an accident takes place, your safety must take first priority. If you have been involved in a Miami car accident or were struck by a car while trying to assist those involved, talk to Paul K Schrier PLLC. We have years experience in personal injury claims throughout Miami and our Miami car accident lawyers have successfully extracted compensation for our clients from major companies.

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