What to Do When You’re Trapped in a Car Accident

There was an accident at the Ayer Rajah Expressway on October: a taxi was trampled by a tipper truck. By the look of the cab, everyone feared for the life of the driver and passenger, but miraculously, both were alive. After 90 minutes of rescue, the Singapore Civil Defence Force was finally able to pull the two and brought them to a nearby hospital for treatment.

God forbid, but if you encounter a similar accident, you should know what to do to increase your chances of survival. Here are some tips that you can consider:


Check the Car

Prevention is better than cure, right? This saying is also applicable to our cars. If you are a cab driver, or own any vehicle that’s used regularly, you should bring your unit to the mechanic for regularly maintenance.


Whether you are riding a cab or your own car, you should remember to wear the seatbelt. Simply wearing your seatbelt dramatically increases your chance of avoiding grave injury should an accident happen to you while riding. Some victims of car accidents die because they ignored their seatbelts.

Stay Calm

If you are ever caught in a wreck, do your best to stay calm. If it’s possible, take a moment to breathe deeply and assess the situation before making any actions. Avoid panicking as this will cloud your judgment, and it will be bad for your blood circulation, and might make any injury you have sustained to get worse.

Call the Police

Call the police or any emergency hotline. If, for some reason, you can’t call the police, call someone you can trust who can relay your situation to the police. When you make the call, state where you are calling from, what happened, and your condition.

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