SETTING THESAURUS

CAR ACCIDENT



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HELPFUL TIP:

Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
A car or large animal in one’s lane
A tree or a barrier ahead
The frightened faces of the people in the oncoming vehicle right before impact
Hoods crumpling
Glass shattering
Passengers being thrown forward in their seats
Airbags deploying in white clouds
Each moment in time cut into small flashes rather than a conscious stream
Broken glass
The cars involved parked at odd angles
Vehicles that are smashed and crumpled
The strobe of police lights
Smoke and steam
Chunks of twisted metal or plastic
Shattered windshields
Emergency vehicles (police cars, a fire truck, an ambulance, a tow truck)
Paramedics and firefighters kneeling beside trapped people in cars or stabilizing victims for transport
Policemen with bright flak jackets (securing the scene with yellow tape, creating barricades, redirecting traffic, interviewing witnesses and taking statements)
A crowd of onlookers
A rubbernecker holding up a phone to record the scene
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RELATED SETTINGS THAT MAY TIE IN WITH THIS ONE:
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