3 Tips for Staying Safe After a Highway Accident

Staten Island business bank shares tips about mishaps on major roads


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Business trips increasingly require highway travel, and there's potential exposure to occasional hazards that come with it.


Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, urges travelers to heed advice about dealing with risks.


In many cases, people in multiple-vehicle accidents are hurt or even killed after surviving the initial crash largely unscathed. Here are three things to remember in the aftermath of a roadway accident:


1. STAY INSIDE: Stay in your car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 16 percent of pedestrian traffic deaths occur on freeways. People who get out of their cars are killed and injured far more often than those who stay inside;


2. STAY BELTED: Even those who do stay in the car but unbuckle their seat belt are more easily and severely hurt by subsequent cars that pile into them;


3. STAY CALM AND CONNECTED: Don’t panic and don’t get into a discussion on the spot with another driver. Do try to signal the other drivers to get off the road to somewhere safe where you can exchange information and contact the police.


As one highway patrol officer was quoted, “The best safe practice would be to stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on. If your vehicle is drivable, we always recommend getting out of the roadway.


Bottom line: The freeway is a very dangerous place for pedestrians to be, and people need to realize that the potential for major injuries or death skyrockets as opposed to being in your car with your seat belt on.”


An EMT advises that after a crash, “Never, never, NEVER get out of your car on a roadway unless your life is in imminent danger if you do not.


“I can’t stress how dangerous it is to ever get out of your car on a road,” the EMT adds. “You have absolutely no protection if someone plows into you, and if you are stopped, chances are much higher that someone will get hurt than if traffic were moving normally.”


The EMT explains, “Plus, if you are out of your car, busy exchanging information with someone else while standing in the road, you aren’t paying 100 percent attention to what might be coming up behind you, lessening your chances of getting out of the way when something goes wrong.”


Learn more

Safety sources at the Accident Attorneys Organization developed a safety checklist that you can download at accidentattorneys.org to keep in the glove box.


About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office is in the community of Great Kills, and branches are in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.


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