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3 steps to take at the scene of a fatal crash

Following a major car crash, there is always the potential for seriously injured individuals to require emergency care. In some instances, care can't arrive fast enough, and these people may pass away at the scene. When medical care isn't a viable option, other victims of the crash and witnesses need to know what to do.

The reality is that the steps you need to take are similar to those you'd take with any kind of car crash. Here are the main three things you need to do right away.

1. Call for emergency help

Even if you believe that someone in your vehicle or other vehicles involved has died, you still need to call for emergency care. There is a chance that someone who is dying or who has technically died can be resuscitated. The sooner you call for help, the better chance there is for anyone hurt in a crash to receive life-saving treatment.

When you talk to the 911 operator, be clear about what you see at the scene. Describe the injuries and how many people and vehicles are involved. If the operator knows what to expect, he or she can call for enough ambulances, police officers and firefighters to arrive at the scene. First responders should arrive rapidly to help with the crash.

2. Provide care when you can

If someone is dying or appears to have stopped breathing, it's everyone else's job to do what they can to help prevent that person's injuries from worsening. For someone who is bleeding heavily, others may attempt to put pressure on the wound. For someone who is not breathing, CPR techniques can be used to try to resuscitate the individual. People at the scene of a crash have an obligation to offer help when they are capable, but they should not move anyone unless not doing so would result in further injuries.

3. Go to the hospital

If it's your loved one who has died or even someone else in the crash, it's still important for you to seek care for yourself. Between shock, injuries to your own body and the trauma of the situation, it's more important than ever for victims to seek a medical exam. Using this information and information collected about the individual who passed, you'll have the documents needed to begin your personal injury and wrongful death cases following any crash.

These are a few tips for handling a crash. Stay at the scene and wait for help, and you'll be glad you did.

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