From the second you first notice brake lights flashing and tires squealing as a car crash happens before your eyes, your heart begins to race. You may frantically slam on your brakes or swerve to get out of the way of a tumbling passenger car or semi-truck. You may fumble for your phone, say a few prayers, or just close your eyes and wait for it to be over. There’s one thing you’re doing for certain at the onset of an accident if you have children, however. You’re going to do everything you can to keep them safe.
Here are 3 ways to protect your children during a car accident:
Get Off the Road
If you have room to maneuver the vehicle safely, turn off the road if possible or merge into other available lanes. If you see an out-of-control car heading your way, a quick swerve in the right direction can save the lives of everyone in your vehicle. Even if you’re clear of the crash itself, you may want to change lanes or get off the road immediately regardless. You never know when a piece of debris will head in your direction.
Protect the Back Seat
If your children are seated in the back seat and an accident involving your vehicle is imminent, you’ll only have a few seconds to react. In those few seconds, you should steer the vehicle’s hood toward the likely impact point. This will minimize the damage you and your passengers take since the front portion of the car and engine will absorb a large component of the crash’s damage. In addition, this ensures your backseat passengers take as little damage as possible.
If you’re lucky, your children may not even know a crash is happening when it occurs. Regardless of whether they’re aware of what’s going on, you’ll want to provide verbal support and do everything you can to keep everyone in the vehicle calm and collected. Crashes are scary. It’s up to you to keep your loved ones grounded.
Instruct your children to duck or tuck their heads down against the seat in front of them as the crash occurs. Remind them you love them and to stay calm and wait for your instructions. It’s also a smart idea to make sure the child safety locks are on if your vehicle is equipped with them. This ensures your kids stay seated after the crash until it’s safe to respond.
When it’s safe to assess the situation after the crash occurs, make sure to calmly move your vehicle off the road, turn off the engine, and ask everyone if they are injured as well as proceed to contact emergency services. By keeping a clear head and prioritizing what matters—the safety of you and your loved ones—you can rest assured that you handled the situation the best you could.
If negligent or careless actions of a Kentucky driver caused your accident, you can also rest assured that your family will be financially stable by contacting a Lexington, KY car accident lawyer as soon as you can after the crash. Filing a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident can give you and your loved ones peace of mind and enable you to move forward after a tragedy that shouldn’t have occurred. Contact the Law Office of Todd W. Burris to learn more.