Friday, July 13, 2007
Don't Be a Victim: Car Accidents
Aggressive driving, heavy traffic, you name it. It's not easy getting around in South Florida. In tonight's Don't Be A Victim, Seven's Tom Haynes has tips you need to know before and after an accident.
WSVN -- It doesn't take much in South Florida to bring our roadways to a standstill.
Fast Track Alert: "Turnpike is closed in both directions."
Accidents often lead to more accidents, as people begin to drive more aggressively.
Officer Frank Jackson of Coral Gables Police: "Road rage is cut to nothing more than aggressive driving. It could be something as simple as being tailgated, someone flips you off, flashes you with the high beams."
And even the best driver can get caught in the middle.
So, before you get in your car again, Officer Frank Jackson of Coral Gables Police says there are three essential things you should always carry. Number one: Your cell phone to call for help. Number two: A camera to document the accident. Buy a cheap disposable one or most cell phones now have one. And, number three ...
Officer Frank Jackson of Coral Gables Police: "We also recommend a pen and paper. That way you can jot down information."
If you are involved in an accident, first check for injuries.
Officer Frank Jackson of Coral Gables Police: "Check yourself and those in your car, and then call 911."
If no one is injured, you need to get the cars out of traffic.
Officer Frank Jackson of Coral Gables Police: "What you don't want to happen is have your fender-bender cause another accident."
And, keep in mind, a lot of road rage altercations take place after an accident happens.
So Officer Jackson says keep your distance from the other driver until you know what you are dealing with.
Officer Frank Jackson of Coral Gables Police: "If you are dealing with an individual who seems to be one that is approachable, then, yes, you can go ahead and exchange information."
If that is not an option, then just stay in your car and wait for police to arrive.