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Speaking with a 911 dispatcher after your car accident

There is never a time as good as now to learn about what to do if you are involved in a car accident in Washington. When your adrenaline is pumping, you are in shock or you have been injured in a car crash, it can be difficult to think clearly and make decisions in such a stressful moment. At Elk & Elk, we have helped many car accident victims to work through the legal process of getting the compensation they deserve. 

One of the first things you will do after you have been in a car accident is to call 911. After you have assessed your injuries and the wellbeing of any other passengers, you should do what you can to make sure that your vehicle is moved to a safe place. From here, contact 911 right away. According to kidshealth.org, there is some very specific information that you should give to the dispatcher when you call. Being as articulate as possible is critical to make sure you get the help you need within a timely period. Here are some of the things you should discuss with them:

  • Location: Provide the dispatcher with as accurate of a location as you can. Look for mile markers, landmarks or other indications of where you are to give as much detail as possible. 
  • People: Tell the dispatcher about the people who were involved, as well as their conditions. 
  • Situation: Give the dispatcher information about how the accident happened, the types of vehicles involved and any present threats like fires or leaking gas.  

When you have thought ahead about the type of information you would give to a 911 dispatcher in the event you are involved in a car accident, you may be able to have an easier time recalling what you have practiced if you are ever in a dangerous situation. For more information about motor vehicle crashes, visit our web page.