Accidents happen. Unfortunately, this stressful situation happens to many of us at least once during our lifetime. It’s important you know how to properly react if you are ever involved in an accident. Follow the action steps below immediately after an accident to protect yourself, others involved, and your property from further damage.
Do not panic! Finding a radio ripped out of the dash of your car can be distressing, but remember that ultimately, it is just a vehicle and it’s more important that you are safe. Stay calm and call the applicable authorities as soon as possible.
Do not approach a vehicle on fire! If it is very small and contained you may be able to quickly put it out yourself, but if a fire is anywhere near the engine or gas tank, or has engulfed more than ¼ of the vehicle, stay away from the vehicle and wait for the fire department to arrive. That may be difficult to do, but again, it’s only a vehicle and your safety is the most important factor.
If you experience a hit and run, do not make assumptions about who might have caused the damage. Unless there is factual evidence to link a person to a scene, the police are unable to charge anyone. Your best course of action is trying to find any witnesses to the loss and any evidence that will link the suspected person to the scene at the time of the loss.