If you’re in a car accident, you may find that you need several things that you simply just don’t have on hand. That’s why keeping an emergency car accident kit in your trunk or your backseat is important. Here’s what you can put in a box to keep with you in the event that you are involved in a car crash.
1. An Auto Escape Tool
The number one thing you should always have on hand is an auto escape tool. In fact, this should be kept in your glove compartment. Most auto escape tools have a razor that will cut a locked seat-belt on one end and a small hammer designed to break glass on the other end. This can prove extremely useful if you or a loved one are trapped in a car after an accident and need to get out quickly.
2. A Flashlight & Road Flares
A flashlight is important to have if you crash at night, so you can better assess injuries and help where you can. Road flares can alert oncoming traffic to your situation, potentially getting you help faster or at least helping other cars to avoid crashing into you, creating a compounded situation.
3. A First Aid Kit
In many cases, it’s best to contact the paramedics for serious injuries. In case of minor injuries, having a first aid kit on hand can be helpful. Cleaning and bandaging small wounds as soon as possible can help reduce the risk of infection.
In case you get into an accident in the winter or your car will not start, you and your family will need to keep warm while you wait for help to arrive. Blankets can prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Consider purchasing special survival thermal blankets for this purpose, as they are more effective at trapping body heat than traditional blankets.
5. Contact Information
Always keep a list of contact information, especially for your emergency contacts, in your vehicle. Paramedics and law enforcement officers will search your vehicle for this information so they can contact your next of kin in the event that you are unable to do so.
Car accidents can be devastating, whether you’re prepared with supplies or not. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a crash, it’s important you have someone on your side to advocate for your rights and best interests. Call Pepper & Odom, P.C. today for a consultation to discuss your needs after a collision at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107.