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How do you stay calm when involved in a car accident?

Staying calm is one of the most recommended steps right after a car accident. Drivers are urged to be relaxed before approaching the other driver. But how can you do this when you may be experiencing a powerful adrenaline rush?

Here is how you can try to stay calm:

Breathing exercises

Breathing exercises can be beneficial in helping you stay calm at a car accident scene. Breathe in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and breathe out through your mouth for a few seconds. Doing this can reduce your stress hormones, allowing you to calm down.

Stay in the car

Once you have controlled your breathing, stay in the car for a few seconds before approaching the other driver. During this time, check for injuries to confirm you can safely move. You should also check the conditions of the road. How is the traffic? Only move out of your car when it’s safe.

Take time before speaking to the other driver

When you leave your car, take a few seconds before speaking to the other driver. You can walk around, taking pictures of your injuries and vehicle while you plan what to say to the other driver.

When you are ready to speak to them, consider putting on a gentle smile and initiating the conversation by asking if they are okay.

Focus on the present

Postpone your concerns about treatment, car repairs, insurance procedures, work availability and so on. Likewise, do not worry about whose fault it was — it’s already happened. There is time to worry about all these things later. Focus on obtaining the other driver’s information, collecting witness statements and gathering evidence.

Staying calm in an accident scene is integral to making informed decisions. Legal guidance can help you avoid costly mistakes.

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