Thousands of car accidents happen every day in the United States. While car accidents can’t easily be prepared for, there are a few items to keep in your car to help in the event of a car accident. Continue reading to learn more about 5 items you need to have in your car in case of an accident.
- Fire Extinguisher
It’s quite common that a vehicle can catch on fire after being involved in a car accident. If a car does catch on fire, you can use the fire extinguisher to put out the fire while you wait for emergency services to arrive. If someone is trapped in the vehicle when it catches on fire, an extinguisher can buy the person enough time to get out of the car. Fires can spread quickly so having something on hand to put out the fire can be extremely helpful.
Car accidents can happen at all hours of the day. Should your accident occur after dark, a flashlight will be helpful to view any damage to your vehicle. Be sure to have a few extra batteries on hand in case the batteries inside the flashlight die to ensure you aren’t left in the dark.
- Flare or Triangles
Depending on where your accident took place, it can be difficult for other drivers to spot your vehicle. After getting into a car accident, you don’t want another driver to crash into your car because they couldn’t see you, thus causing two car accidents at once. You can place flares or emergency triangles around your vehicle to help alert other drivers. In addition, you should put on your flashers if you’re able to.
- Escape Tools
There are several different situations where you could be trapped in your car. An emergency escape tool can help you cut through your seat belt if it will not unbuckle, and it can also break your window so you can get out. Make sure that you do not keep this tool in your trunk, but instead, keep it in your glove box or center console so that it is within reach in the event of a car accident.
- First Aid Kit
First aid kits can be extremely useful after a car accident. Your first aid kit is composed of basic first aid supplies, including Band-Aids, gloves, wipes, compress dressing, tweezers, scissors, and ointment. Prior to emergency services arriving, you can help treat some minor injuries with the tools from your first aid kit.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should have a personal injury attorney on your side. One of our attorneys at Glass & Robson can represent you to get the compensation and damages that you are entitled to. Having legal guidance and representation will allow you to focus on your recovery. To discuss a potential case, schedule a consultation with us today.