If you’re involved in a car wreck after dark, you will be grateful you took the time to prepare beforehand. The first thing you need to do is make certain that the vehicles involved are cleared off the roadway, if possible. If somebody is injured, you won’t want to move them without assistance, of course. Provided that everybody is capable of moving and that the vehicles can be moved, you’ll want to get them clear of the traffic lanes.
Warning Other Drivers
Preferably, you will have some sort of a device for warning other drivers coming down the roadway. Road flares are commonly used for this purpose but, especially in the dry conditions that Texas is dealing with right now, you may want to avoid using these. If you have traffic triangles, these are much more preferable. You can also buy warning lights at most department stores that will flash a bright red light that will warn other drivers that there is a hazard ahead. If possible, you should turn on the hazard lights on both vehicles involved in the wreck.
If there is debris on the road that is endangering other drivers and the traffic is not so heavy that you are at risk going out to clear it out of the way, you may want to pull it out of the roadway. For example, if somebody lost a bumper, it’s probably better to pull it out off the road than to leave it there. You’ll have to exercise some common sense in these cases. The main thing is that you don’t want to make the situation worse by causing other drivers to be injured unnecessarily.
At night, you’re at more of a chance of getting involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Drunks can sometimes be belligerent and may want to escalate the situation. They may also want to flee the scene to avoid getting caught for drunk driving. Don’t escalate the situation, and don’t try to prevent them from leaving the scene. Take down their plate number and give it to the police when they show up.
A Dallas vehicle accident attorney can help you if you are in a wreck that was the result of somebody else’s negligence. A car accident lawyer can help you pursue a case in civil court, which may end up with you receiving compensation for your property damage and injuries.