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Right now in your glove box, you may have a pile of papers such as proof of insurance, registration, new tire receipts, and other maintenance paperwork. If you were to organize a little bit, you’d find that you have plenty of extra space to keep helpful items in the event of a car accident. While nobody wants to anticipate a car accident happening, the truth is one can occur unexpectedly at any time. It is important to be prepared, so you can handle the situation with more ease.
If you have been part of a car accident, we recommend meeting with an attorney for help. They are happy to offer guidance as you deal with the complicated aftermath of a car accident.
First Aid Kit
If you were to become injured in a car accident, you can use a first aid kit to manage your condition until an ambulance has arrived. Cuts, abrasions, and bleeding is commonly seen in moderate to severe car collisions. In the short period of time between when you call 9-1-1 and the emergency team arrives, you can use tools in the first aid kit to control bleeding and clean wounds.
Notepad and Pen
While this may seem simple enough, it may surprise you how many drivers do not have something to write on, nor something to write with in their vehicle. However, if an accident were to happen, you can use it to jot down the driver’s name, contact, insurance company, policy number, driver’s license number, vehicle details, and license plate number. An attorney is likely to suggest that you write a summary of the accident soon afterwards too. You may slowly start to forget factors of the incident as the days pass. Having this summary can be useful when providing a statement to your insurance company.
Inexpensive Digital Camera
You probably do not want to keep a really nice, expensive digital camera in your glove compartment at all times (where it can be exposed to intense heat, cold, or even get stolen). But, if you have a more cheap camera readily available that works great, you can use it to capture the scene in photographs. Take pictures of anything that seems relevant, including:
- Property damage
- Visible injuries
- Nearby traffic signs
- Surrounding scene
- The date and time on your phone
- Vehicle damage (both old and new)
We encourage you to revisit what is laying around in your glove compartment, and fill it with items that can be useful just in case a car accident does happen. If you need legal representation or advice about an auto collision you were recently in, please contact an car accident lawyer Memphis, TN trusts right away.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Patterson Bray, for their insight into personal injury cases and what to keep in your glove box in case of a car accident.