You are driving along and almost through your daily commute on your way to work when you witness a bad car accident. Your initial reaction is one of shock. The people involved are visibly shaken and some of them look to be injured. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many victims of car accidents in New Jersey to work towards receiving compensation for their injuries and lost wages.
Witnessing a car accident can be scary, but the way you react can be detrimental in providing help to the victims and valuable evidence to the responding authorities. According to Esurance, as soon as the vehicles involved have come to a stop, find a spot to pull out of the way of other moving vehicles. Look for cars and cautiously make your way to the damaged vehicles. Call 911 and provide as much detail as you can about the location of the accident, the appearance of the vehicles involved and the condition of any victims.
Assess the situation and look for signs of danger including leaking fuel or fallen power lines. If you can see that someone has visible injuries, ask the dispatcher if there is anything you can do to provide temporary assistance. When the authorities are getting closer to the scene, signal to them where the accident is. You can also try to warn other drivers of the accident and motion for them to slow down as they pass.
If you have been involved in an accident or witnessed an accident, you may wish to hire an attorney to represent your case. For more information about motor vehicle accidents, visit our web page.