Crashes aren't unusual at any time of year, but when bad weather is a part of daily life, they can become more common. Houston is no stranger to the dangerous and possibly deadly storms in the spring and summer, so it's essential for drivers to know what to do when the skies darken and a storm is brewing.
You know that taking an advanced driving course and being prepared to stop and park in a severe storm are the best things you can do to help yourself, but what do you do if you're involved in a crash when the weather is hazardous?
1. Make sure everyone is okay
The first thing to do is to make sure everyone involved in the crash is alive and well. If there are injuries, then you need to call 911. Keep in mind that the weather conditions may slow down the response time, so if you can provide aid, attempt to do so.
2. Get to a safe place quickly
If everyone has only minor or moderate injuries, you may be able to move. Tell the 911 operator that you intend to move inside or to the side of the road, slightly away from where the accident happened. If you can go into a local shop or wait out the storm in a parking lot away from traffic, that will be safest for everyone.
3. Keep an eye on victims
Once you're somewhere safe, make sure that those who are the most badly injured are being helped. It might mean putting pressure on a bleeding wound for them or trying to keep a child calm who's broken an arm. Overall, the goal is to keep everyone as comfortable as possible until emergency teams can arrive.
4. Wait for help to arrive
Unless there is some reason that you or someone else decides that it's faster to take the victims to the hospital directly, you should all stay at the scene and wait for help to arrive. The police, fire department and EMTs may arrive soon after you call, so try to relax and stay calm until they come.
These are some tips for getting through a crash in the worst of spring and summer weather. Be cautious when it's storming, and be ready with a first-aid kit in hand if you are involved in a crash as a result of the weather.