There is no foolproof way to avoid car accidents, but you can mitigate their potential damage by keeping a fully stocked emergency kit in your vehicle. If you want to create a kit that will be useful in all kinds of scenarios, there are dozens of items you should include.
If you do not already have an emergency kit in your vehicle, though, you can simplify the process by purchasing just a few core items and then acquiring more equipment as the seasons change. For example, you may not necessarily need to store a blanket in your car right now, but once summer ends and the weather starts to cool, it would be a good idea to add one to your gear.
Unfortunately, you can still end up sustaining injuries in a collision even if you have a fully stocked emergency kit. Having basic first aid equipment readily available following an accident can reduce the severity of any injuries that you sustain, but the initial impact can still do serious damage.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages. Contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. to discuss your case and determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Mr. Fusner has 40 years of legal experience. Call 800-427-8960 to schedule a free case evaluation with an accident attorney in Nashville.
Read on to learn about a few essentials you should include in your car emergency kit:
- Reflective Triangles
Ready.gov reminds all motorists to include safety flares or reflective triangles in their vehicle’s emergency supply kit. Reflective triangles are effective for preventing collisions if you have to stop on the side of the road because they alert motorists of your presence.
- Fire Extinguisher
Most people purchase fire extinguishers for their kitchens, but getting one for their vehicle is typically an afterthought. It is not uncommon for cars to catch fire following a collision, though, and an extinguisher can be effective at putting it out until first responders arrive.
- Escape Tool
If you ever become trapped in your vehicle, an escape tool could save your life. Look for one that is a window breaker, seatbelt cutter, and LED flashlight all in one, and store it within reach of the driver’s seat.
- Extra Cell Phone or Portable Battery Pack
You don’t want a dead cell phone to prevent you from calling the police following a collision. Put a fully charged pay-as-you-go phone or portable battery pack in your emergency kit so you will always be able to call for help.
If you’re ever in an accident at night, you will need a flashlight to assess yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Include extra batteries in the emergency kit because you never know when you might need them.
No one ever plans to get in a collision, but if an accident does occur, you will be much better off if you have access to a car emergency kit. If you were hurt in an accident with a reckless driver and you want to file a personal injury claim, contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr.
Call 800-427-8960 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Nashville. You can learn more about car accident claims in Tennessee by visiting USAttorneys.com.