What Should I Keep in My Car in Case an Accident Occurs?

December 30, 2021
first aid kit

Most drivers like to keep certain items in their car, such as a cellphone charger. Some items come in handy for day-to-day trips. There are some items you should have in your car at all times in case a car accident happens.

Legal Documentation

You should have your car’s registration and your insurance in the console or glove compartment. You may prefer to carry these documents with you in a wallet, purse, or bag, but you should store them in your car. Having this information available makes your life easier after a car accident or if you get pulled over.

First-Aid Kit

Many times, injuries will occur in accidents, ranging from minor to severe. Even if you just cut your hand, you will appreciate having a first-aid kit in your car. You can buy a pre-packaged first-aid kit at most pharmacies, or you put one together yourself. 

Some useful items to include in your first-aid kit:

  • Bandages or gauze.
  • Over-the-counter painkillers, like ibuprofen.
  • Paper masks.
  • Antiseptic wipes.
  • Gloves.
  • Tweezers.

Roadside Emergency Kit

A roadside emergency kit includes flares, reflective triangles, flashlights, and batteries. You can store your roadside emergency kit either right behind you or in your trunk. However, if you find yourself unable to get out of the driver’s seat safely after a car accident, you may benefit from having the kit close at hand. 

Extra Gear

You should plan for all possible weather conditions. Take along blankets and coats, gloves, boots, and hats if you are traveling during the winter. You should also have an ice scraper and snow brush.

Water and Non-Perishables

Have in your car a few bottles of water and some granola bars. You may have to wait a while until you can leave the scene of the accident. Having something to eat and drink can calm your nerves.

Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you get into a serious accident that leaves you with significant medical bills, you may have legal options. You should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Getting an objective opinion from a legal professional is extremely beneficial, and a lawyer can protect your rights if you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

Media Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Can Give You Legal Advice After a Collision

You should have certain items in your car that will help you in the event of an accident. If you have been injured in a collision, our Media car accidents lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. can advocate for you. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.