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The Effects Of Traffic Accidents And How To Avoid Them

Aug 9, 2008
If you are a driver of any vehicle or any other road user for that matter then the chances are that you have been involved in traffic accidents in one way or another. There are only a few handfuls who are fortunate enough to have never been involved in traffic accidents. The problem of being involved with traffic accidents is that the effects are twofold, the short term effects and the long term effects.

Let's take look at the short term effects first of all. The immediate effect of traffic accidents is the injury to the people involved and how serious that injury might be. If you are involved in a traffic accident where some one is injured then your most immediate concern should be to provide first aid treatment to the victim and then get them any other treatment as may be required. If an ambulance is needed then you should call one as soon as possible and you will also need to make a decision as whether you need to call the police or not.

After dealing with any injured persons at the site of the traffic accidents, the next thing you have to deal with is any damage to property. If the traffic accident was with another vehicle then the first thing you will need to do is to exchange your insurance details. You should also note down the names and addresses of any witnesses as these might be needed later on if there is a dispute about the responsibility of the traffic accident. One thing you need to remember is that you should never admit liability at the scene of these traffic accidents. Let the insurance companies deal with that because that is their job.

The next thing you have to deal with at the site of traffic accidents is decide whether your vehicle is any shape to drive or not. If it is not drivable or doing so might present a danger to other road users, then the best thing you can do is to call a recovery vehicle. These can be quite expensive and as we don't know when you might be involved in traffic accidents, it is always a good idea to have some sort of breakdown insurance and all you will have to do is to give them a call and they will make arrangements to get you and your vehicle home as soon as possible.

As far as the long term effects of traffic accidents are concerned, the very first thing you will need to sort out is the transport issue, if your own vehicle has to go in for repairs. Believe me, it can be very uncomfortable and uneasy to use public transport if you haven't done it before or if you haven't used it for a long time. Can you imagine having to wait at the train or bus station, in rain or snow and in the freezing cold. That's why I pray to God every day to keep me away from traffic accidents.

The far worse of the long term effects of traffic accidents is that your insurance premiums are likely to shoot up if you are deemed to be responsible for the accident. The worst long term effect is that your confidence as a driver may affect and if this happens to be the case then you will need professional help before you can pluck enough courage to get behind the wheel again.

I know it is out of our hands as to whether we are involved in traffic accidents or not but we can always minimize the risk by learning some defensive driving techniques and believe me anything is worth the effort if it means that you are able to avoid traffic accidents.
About the Author
Nim Aulakh is a writer and webmaster. He has already many articles published.He also works as a professional driving instructor.You can avoid traffic accidents by learning defensive driving techniques.
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