Nobody expects to get into a car accident, yet they happen each and every day. It can happen when you’re on your way to and from work; it can happen on the way to church and it can even happen while you’re stopped at a stop light.
When that other car slams into you, the whole world stops. Most people just sit there for a moment, gathering their thoughts. They wonder if that really happened, they do a mental and physical check to make sure they’re not hurt, and it’s only after all that that they begin to wonder if the other driver is OK.
What to Keep in Your Car in Case of an Accident
It’s a very traumatic experience, no matter if it’s a small accident or a major one, and that’s why people don’t like to think about them. But you should give a thought to what you keep in your car in the off chance that you are involved in a car accident.
- When you go over to the other driver, or drivers, to make sure they’re OK, it’s at this time that you’ll want to exchange insurance and contact information. Therefore, you must ensure that you keep your proof of insurance in your car. You might also want to keep a business card in your car so that you can easily hand over information the other driver can use to contact you. Also, it’s recommended that you call the police so that you can get a police report. The officer will also want to see your proof of insurance as well as your driver’s license. So the first thing you should keep in your car is your proof of insurance.
- But what happens if the accident happens at night? Carrying a flashlight in your car is a good idea, even if you don’t expect to ever use it. A flashlight can be used to assess damage and also to assess any injuries that may not be visible in dim light. When you’re in an accident, your adrenaline is pumping and you may not feel injuries for some time afterward. A flashlight can be used to scan the bodies of each person involved so that you can ensure everyone’s OK.
- It’s also a good idea to carry a first aid kit in your car in case of a car accident. You never know when you may need bandages, alcohol pads, or even scissors and all the other stuff that comes in one of these kits. New cars often come with these already included in the glove box. However, if you don’t have a new car, you can always buy an emergency kit at your local pharmacy.
- Finally, you always want to keep jumper cables, a spare tire kit, a cell phone as well as the contact information for a good accident attorney. Give Petersen Johnson a call if you are involved in an accident – your free consultation could mean the difference between getting the compensation that is due you or facing the large insurance company on your own.
Again, nobody expects to get into an accident, but all of these things will help in case you ever find yourself sitting on the side of the road right after a jarring car accident.