We could spend a lot of time talking about the different ways that you could avoid an accident while you commute to work. That discussion is important, and you can find information on how to avoid accidents in the related-links section on this page. However, it is not the focus of this blog post for one simple reason. That reason is this: You can do everything right, but all it takes is one distracted, drunk, or otherwise negligent driver to cause a serious accident during your commute.
And You Need to Know What to Do Next
If you are hurt on your way to work, you should take the following five steps:
- Call 911. Report the accident if you are able, and have first responders come to the scene.
- Call your employer. If your injuries permit, let your employer know what happened and why you will be out of work.
- Accept medical help. This can help you control your pain and prevent your injuries from worsening.
- Gather information at the accident scene. If your injuries allow it, take pictures of the accident scene, write down the names and contact information of accident witnesses, and record your thoughts about what happened.
- Don’t go back to work too soon. This could jeopardize your recovery.
These steps will help with your physical recovery and may get you back to work sooner.
You Don’t Have to Remember All of This
It can be difficult to remember what you need to do when you are at the scene of a car accident. You are hurt, confused, and likely scared. Accordingly, we encourage you to download our FREE car accident app today so that you have it on your phone should you ever be in a crash. It will walk you through the steps that you need to take and eliminate the stress of having to make difficult decisions while you are hurt.