Every person who has ever sat behind the wheel of a car has the same fear: getting into a car accident. Not every car accident is fatal, but even being in a fender bender can be enough to unnerve someone. The state of Florida had 668,669 drivers involved in car accidents in 2016.
While most people know what to do after being in a car accident – calling the police, taking a photo of the other person’s license plate, determining if they have any injuries (such as a concussion), etc. – many don’t know what they should have inside their car in case of a car accident. Keep reading to be aware of the important items you should have in your possession if you are to get in a car crash.
Items to Keep in Your Car in Case of a Car Accident
Being proactive and keeping the right things in your car in case of a car accident can keep your mind at ease. Not only could these save you time if you are ever in an accident, but they could save your life as well:
- A fully-stocked first aid kit: Any first aid kit should be filled to the brim with essentials,. These includes a first aid pamphlet, bandages, instant cold packs, antiseptic creams or sprays, gauze, scissors, gloves (usually latex), and over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen and Benadryl.
- Insurance papers: This one is a given. Always, always, always make sure to have your car registration and insurance information, a copy of your AAA/similar motor club card (if you have one) and a copy of your health insurance card.
- Jumper cables: Keep compact jumper cables – and the instructions that come with them, if you need it – in your car.
- Cash – Spare cash hidden in your glove compartment or in a bag under your seat can come in handy if you need an emergency ride home.
- Multi-functional tool: Multi-use tools such as a Leatherman with basic tools such as a pocket knife, pliers, a screwdriver, etc. can come in handy if you find yourself in an emergency after a car crash.
- Auto escape tool: Auto escape tools, such as a Lifehammer, can help you break windows and cut through seatbelts if you find yourself stuck in your vehicle.
- Non-perishable food: Keeping non-perishable snacks such as granola bars, crackers, water bottles, etc. can save you if you find yourself stuck for hours after an accident.
- Flashlight: Get a cheap, wind-up/non-battery powered flashlight for your car so you never have to worry about it losing power.
- Disposable camera: There’s a chance your phone may die or broke in an accident, so keep a disposable camera handy in case you need to take photos of damages, license plates or insurances.
- A list of emergency contacts: If you don’t have cell phone access after a crash, make sure to have a list of emergency numbers in case you borrow someone else’s to make an important call.
Now that you know of the essential items to keep in your car in case you’re ever in an accident, make sure you know of the right attorneys who can represent you in a car accident lawsuit. If you ever find yourself in a car accident and realize you need legal counsel that knows the ins and outs of a car accident lawsuit, look no further than The Berman Law Group. The experienced car accident injury attorneys at The Berman Law Group are able to represent you if you are ever in a car accident. Call us today at (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation.