There may be numerous reasons why you are out during the pandemic. You might need to go to the grocery store, visit the doctor or go to work. Whatever the reason may be, you might find yourself in the unfortunate instance of being in a car accident. Even if you’ve been in an accident before, you may find that you have to do a few things differently in order to stay safe during this time. Here’s what you should do if you’re in a car accident during the pandemic.
Stay Away From The Other Parties
When you get in a car accident, you may be tempted to get out of your car to inspect it. While this is okay, you need to make sure that you stay away from the other parties involved. If you want to check on them, do so from a safe distance. Don’t go right up to their car to speak to them. If it’s safe to do so, stay in your vehicle as much as possible until help arrives.
Stand Six Feet Back From Police Officers
You should call the police as soon as the accident occurs. This will allow the officers to get to you as quickly as possible. Once they arrive, you should stand six feet back from them. They will need to take your statement, and they will ask to see your license, proof of insurance and car registration. Don’t stand right next to the officers when you are speaking to them.
Wear A Mask Or Something To Cover Your Face When Being Treated By Paramedics
If you sustained injuries during the accident, you may need to see a paramedic. Wear a face mask while you are being treated by them. If you don’t have one, use something to cover your face. The paramedics may give you a face mask if you don’t have one with you. Don’t remove it unless they ask you to. You will probably be in close proximity to them, and it is important that you cover your face in order to keep both you and them safe.
Get A Ride Home With Someone You Live With
Unfortunately, your car may not be operable after the car accident. If this is the case, then you will need to find another way home. Try to get a ride home with someone you live with. You don’t want to risk your health by riding with someone who may not have been taking the same safety precautions that you have. If you have to get a ride home with an individual that doesn’t live with you, ask them to wear a face mask. Make sure that you ride in the backseat on the passenger side of the vehicle to minimize the amount of germs that you will be exposed to.
Utilize Virtual Inspections And Video Calls When Having Your Car Fixed
A lot of mechanics are doing what they can in order to stay safe during the pandemic. This involves doing things like virtual inspections with their customers. If your car is located at your house, they may ask you to do a video call with them to inspect your car. They will ask you to show them the damage via video. They can oftentimes give you a rough estimate as to how much it will cost to fix it. You may need to drop off your car, and leave the keys in a locked box so that you don’t come in contact with each other. If you need to file a claim contact your insurance or an attorney.
If you are in a car accident during the pandemic, you will probably need to do things a little bit differently than what you are used to. By utilizing the tips mentioned above, you can remain safe and not expose yourself to the coronavirus. While it may be a little inconvenient, it will be worth the effort in order to stay safe during this unprecedented time.