We don’t want any harm to come to our children. That’s why we take drastic measures in ensuring they’re safe and protected. Whether you’re at home, or you’re enjoying a family day out we always put our children’s safety first.
This instinct also applies to traveling in the car. We make sure our children have car seats that are the right size and that are fitted correctly. We try to keep them calm, take regular breaks and don’t take any unnecessary risks. But, when someone else causes a road accident, and you and your precious cargo are sent spinning before you’re violently jolted across the road, most parents feel utterly helpless.
Being caught up in a car accident that wasn’t your fault with your children involved is a terrifying experience – check out personalinjury.com if you want to speak to a lawyer about your accident. It can be difficult to know what to do after a crash, however, if you have the right information, you’ll be able to handle the situation better.
Read on to find out what to do after a car accident with your kids.
Make sure your kids are ok
You’re probably terrified, and potentially in pain yourself. But you need to check on your children. If no one is in immediate danger – submerged in water for example – then call the police. If your children are crying (let’s face it, it’s likely) then do your best to keep them calm. If your children are stuck and cannot move, don’t try to move them yourself. If they’re in severe pain or having trouble moving or feeling a part of their body keep them in their car seats and try to reassure them as much as possible.
Try to remain calm
Whether your children are hurt or not, it’s likely that you’re feeling a wave of emotions right now. You’re upset for your children, you’re frightened, you’re dealing with your own mortality, possibly in pain, you’re angry at the other driver as well as being dazed and confused. Try to remain calm and focus on keeping your children calm and conscious.
Call the emergency services
The police need to be called. And an ambulance. If your car is severely damaged, or your children are trapped then the fire service should also be called to the scene.
Seek medical attention
You’re going to need to be seen by a medical professional. Even if you don’t have any obvious wounds, many car crash injuries include soft tissue damage or internal injuries, some of which may not manifest until much later on. Always get yourself checked out by your doctor.
Watch out for further injuries
When you and your family return home, monitor your child closely for the next 48hours. A sudden change in mood, loss of appetite, bleeding from the nose or ears, going floppy, fatigued behaviour…warning signs like these are indications of something serious.
Take their lead
Your child might not want to initially speak about the crash and if they don’t you should respect their wishes. Keep to your normal routine as much as possible. However, be mindful of sudden changes to their social behaviors or other issues that could be an indication that they need emotional support after the accident.
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