Nighttime Accidents: Staying Safe in the Aftermath

Lack of visibility can make accidents that happen at night even more dangerous than those that happen in the daytime. The time to worry about collision repairs is later. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, focus on protecting yourself and other drivers from hazards caused by the accident. These tips will help you stay safe.

Set Alerts for Other Drivers

It will be difficult for other drivers to see you in the dark until they get close. Let them know that you’re there by putting out traffic triangles or warning lights. If you don’t have anything to use in your car, at the very least, put on your hazard lights and leave your headlights on, if possible. The flashing should alert drivers that there is a hazard in the road ahead. Ideally, all of the cars involved in the collision should use their lights and hazards.

Remove Debris from the Road

Debris in the road can be another hazard for drivers who approach the scene of your accident. If there are large pieces, such as a broken-off bumper or side mirror, get them out of the road, if it is safe to do so. It can be helpful to use your phone to snap some photos of where the debris landed in case you need that information in your accident case.

Protect Your Personal Safety

Because the risk of drunk drivers is higher at night, stay well off the road and out of the way of other cars. If you are in an isolated area, consider sitting inside your car. Contact the police as soon as the accident happens so that they are there to provide assistance as soon as possible.

When it’s time to turn your attention to your car after your accident, Michael J’s Body Shop is here to help with collision repair services, including dent repairs, alignment services, and auto body paint. To set up an appointment to bring your car into our auto body shop in San Jose, please dial (408) 279-2070.

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