Maybe a car’s on fire, maybe someone is injured and unable to dial 911, maybe there’s a baby stuck in a hot car. Maybe one of the car crash victims is you or somebody you know.
If you’re a witness who happens to be driving by, try to think of the bystander effect.
So many people walking past the scene don’t realize the bystander effect is creating mass inaction. If you can break it—safely—call for emergency services. An earlier ambulance can make all the difference.
Also, after a car accident happens, even if there’s no visible injury, it’s important to get a doctor’s checkup.
Smoke inhalation, burn infections, internal bleeding, and more issues might not appear to be obvious.
However, they can lead to possibly lethal or long lasting problems.
Mentally, car accidents are also terrible. Trauma can come from injury, disabilities, death, or even just the lucky near-hit you experience.
Self-compassion and time are ways to deal with being involved in a car crash (or even just witnessing one).
If you’ve been having side-effects after a car accident, it can be beneficial to talk to someone.