What Do You Do When You Witness a Car Crash?

car crash

It’s happened: a car crash. Thankfully, you weren’t involved, but you witnessed the accident. So the question is: What do you do when you have seen a car crash?

Don’t Get Too Close – This tip applies to two things—your car and yourself. You will want to keep your car back so that emergency vehicles and personnel can get to the crash and help the people involved. Never leave your vehicle in the middle of traffic or somewhere it might cause another accident. As for yourself, you will want to keep your personal distance if you think that the scene is unsafe.

Call 911 – If you think anyone was injured, immediately call 911. If the scene seems safe to approach, you can try to make the victims comfortable, but DO NOT MOVE THEM. Leave that to professional medical personnel, since moving someone with a minor injury can easily make it into a major one.

Write Down What You Saw – When police arrive, they are going to need to know what happened. So, to make sure that your account of the accident is accurate (and to help if one of the parties in the accident is being dishonest to avoid being placed at fault), write down a few notes about what you saw. Make sure that you are honest—you may be called upon to testify to this information while under oath. Alternatively, if the accident was a hit-and-run situation, write down the license plate of the car that drove off to give to police.

Accidents are sometimes unavoidable, but if you drive a new Toyota, you can rest assured that every measure has been taken to ensure the safest ride possible.

How Do Hydrogen Cars Work?

Toyota Mirai
The Toyota Mirai at the 2014 North American International Auto Show

Hydrogen is the smallest and most plentiful element in the universe. Even though it isn’t the most abundant gas in the Earth’s atmosphere, it can be found in a variety of places. It is because of this abundance that makes hydrogen-powered vehicles an appealing form of transportation. Hydrogen vehicles, such as the new Toyota Mirai, bring up the very important question: How do hydrogen cars work?

Hydrogen is naturally highly reactive and combines with almost anything, so hydrogen vehicles have the capability of extracting pure hydrogen from specific chemical compounds. This can be done in a number of ways. Once the hydrogen is extracted, it enters fuel tanks within the Mirai.

After the hydrogen is stored in tanks inside the car, it travels to the fuel cell stack, where it mingles with air coming in from the other directions, causing a chemical reaction between the hydrogen and oxygen in the air. This generates electricity, which is sent to the motor when you press on the gas pedal.

From an environmental standpoint, the best part of this is that the only exhaust product of this is plain old water, which leaves the engine through the tailpipe.

While the Toyota Mirai is not available at Haddad Toyota, you can check out our selection of Green Toyota Cars here!