What to Do When In an Accident on a Business Trip

If you were born with a go bug, traveling for business is a definite perk. Whether you are headed to an important meeting, going to dinner with the boss, or closing a deal, traveling for work can be plain enjoyable.

However, the facts of life tell us that into every life a little trouble must fall. Sometimes, that comes in the form of a car wreck. You can be as careful as you can and take every precaution there is, but occasionally it’s just not enough. Below are a few things to keep an eye on should you encounter this dilemma.

Check the Neck

The first thing most people check for after the car has stopped moving is the safety of themselves and any passengers. Is anyone bleeding? Can every move their extremities? Is anyone unconscious?

If you were involved in a crash more intense than a fender bender, you’re likely to run into one of the above. If that’s the case, make sure that anyone in serious condition stays put unless there is the threat of fire or explosive possibilities.

Anyone that is able should vacate the vehicle and move it out of the way of oncoming traffic so as not to cause any more accidents.

Call the Authorities

After everything is as safe as it’s gonna get, you or someone else need to call the police. They will send at least one car to assess the situation and direct traffic.

They will also take the responsibility of recording a report of what happened. While the police are in transit, it’s a good idea to document the wreck and take as many pictures as you can of any damage to your vehicle, the other guy (if there’s one involved,) and to any public property.

This will be handy when your company files the insurance claim later. Next, make sure there is an ambulance routed to you. Even if you think everyone is ok, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Have a Lawyer on Standby

It’s a wonderful blessing to be able to walk away from a car wreck, whether personal or business related, unscathed or with minor injuries. Thanks to modern technology, it happens a great deal of the time when everything works as it should and seatbelt laws are followed.

However, there are those times when things just could have gone better. You may end up in the hospital, out if work for a lengthy period of time, not able to pay your bills, and possibly even mistreated by your employer.

It’s these cases in which having a great lawyer on standby is a prudent thought. An injury lawyer can help you make sure you receive all the help you need to take care of you, your family, and your job.

Traveling for business is an adventure, to say the least. Use these tips to make sure it stays profitable even if plans go south.

Author: Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles by others on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to editor.webposts@gmail.com