According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there have been 537 traffic fatalities in the state to this year. There have also been 4,183 violations handed out for distracted driving, as well as 8,164 instances of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI).
These statistics highlight the dangers negligent drivers pose to others. Negligence behind the wheel can lead to car accidents, both major and minor. Here are some steps you can take after an accident to ensure safety, as well as to collect proof for any subsequent accident claims.
Pull over to a safe part of the road
If it is not possible to pull your vehicle over to a safe area, take steps to signal other drivers of your vehicle. There is a risk of more motorists becoming involved in your accident if they do not realize you are stopped, so turn on your hazard lights to make them aware. If you have warning triangles or flares, be sure to set them up a safe distance away from your vehicle.
Contact law enforcement
The police can also help with traffic control around the accident site. It is a good idea to contact law enforcement for even minor accidents for this reason. If there are any injuries, emergency medical services should also be called. Wait at the scene until help arrives, as you may be cited for fleeing the scene of the accident if you leave.
Talk with other drivers and bystanders
When exchanging information with other drivers involved, be careful about what you say. Even an innocent apology could be taken as an admission of fault, even if you were not responsible for causing the accident. If there are bystanders, ask for a statement. You can also get their contact information in case they are needed to make a statement in court.