Safety Tips After A Crash

The DFW metroplex experienced significant rain on Labor Day, which led to an incredible 82 injury car crashes between 5a and 3p, 13 of them rollover crashes.  

ABC 8 rode along with MedStar Field Operations Supervisor Brian White for some tips on preventing crashes, and what to do if you are involved in a crash.

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Crashes can be very scary, but here are some tips if one happens to you:


Take some deep breaths to get calm.

  • After a crash, a person may feel a wide range of emotions — shock, guilt, fear, nervousness, or anger — all of which are normal.
  • But take a few deep breaths or count to 10 to calm down.
  • The calmer you are, the better prepared you will be to handle the situation.
  • This is the time to take stock of the accident and try to make a judgment about whether it was a serious one.


Keep yourself and others safe.

  • If you can't get out of your car — or it's not safe to try — keep your seatbelt fastened, turn on your hazard lights, then call 911 if possible and wait for help to arrive.
  • If the collision seems to be minor, turn off your car and grab your emergency kit. If it's safe to get out and move around your car, set up orange cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares around the crash site.
  • If there are no injuries and your vehicle is driveable, make a reasonable effort to move the vehicle to a safe spot that is not blocking traffic (like the shoulder of a highway or a parking lot).
  • In Texas, it's a requirement to move your car from the scene of a crash if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash on the “main lane, ramp, shoulder, median, or adjacent area of a freeway in a metropolitan area” with no apparent serious personal injury or death. Moving off the road should be done whenever it can be done safely, and if the vehicle is capable of being normally and safely driven.


Check for Injuries and Report the Incident

  • Check on everyone involved in the crash to see if they have any injuries.
  • This includes making sure you don't have any serious injuries.
  • Be extremely cautious — not all injuries can be seen.
  • If you or anyone involved isn't feeling 100% (like if you start trying to get photos or write down details on the crash and start feeling dizzy or out of it), call 911 or any other number your state uses to request emergency assistance on roadways.
  • Be ready to give the dispatcher the following information:
  • Who? The dispatcher will ask for your name and phone numbers in case the authorities need to get more information from you later.
  • What? Tell the dispatcher as much as you can about the emergency — for instance, whether there is a fire, traffic hazard, medical emergency, etc.
  • Where? Let the dispatcher know exactly where the emergency is taking place. Give the city, road name, road number, mile markings, direction of travel, traffic signs, and anything else you can think of to help them know how to find you.
  • Make sure you stay on the line until the dispatcher says it's OK to hang up.