No one ever wants to think that they will get into a car accident. However, around 5.4 million non-fatal car accidents occur each year; which means the odds are in your favor that someday you may be involved in a car accident. Here are six things you need to keep in your vehicle so you are prepared in the event of an accident:
Carry Some Type Of Emergency Signal
If you ever get into a car accident, you are going to want to set up a safe area around the crash. The easiest way to do so is with some sort of emergency signal. Try to keep one of the following items in your trunk:
Envelope With Your Insurance Information
If you get into an accident, the other driver is going to want to collect your insurance information on the spot. You don't want to just throw your insurance information haphazardly into your vehicle. Keep it inside of an envelope in your glove box. You could also store a photo of your insurance card on your phone.
Current Medical History
In the same safe place in your glove box and in your phone, keep a record of your current medical information for yourself and anyone whom you transport in your vehicle on a regular basis. That way, if you are ever in an accident, you will have easy access to all the important medical information you need.
Paper & Pen
Keep a notepad and a pen or pencil in your vehicle at all times. It may be a good idea to keep these materials in your glove box. That way, in the event of an accident, you will have something to use to gather all the important information you need from the other drivers and from any witnesses. Although many phones have note-taking capacities, your phone could easily become damaged in the accident, which is why it is important to have a backup method to collect information.
Attorney's Contact Information
One of the first phone calls you should make after you have been in an accident is to your attorney. Your attorney will be able to remind you of everything that you should do at the accident scene. Make sure you have your attorney's contact information stored in a handy place.
Hopefully you will never get into a car accident; however, if you find yourself in an accident, all the items listed above could really help you out and make the process go more smoothly. Contact The Jaklitsch Law Group if you need help with a car crash case.
My husband does much of our auto repair work himself. We do all that we can to save a dollar when we can, and doing the repair work saves us a small fortune each year. Unfortunately, all of the money that we have saved over the past 15 years has gone to pay the medical bills that we have accumulated during the last several months after a floor jack failed and dropped our car on top of my husband. A few days after the incident, I contacted an injury attorney. I have created a blog to help others that have been injured due to faulty products find some sort of resolution.