You never know when you might be involved in a motor vehicle accident, but you’re always at risk of something happening when you get behind the wheel and hit the road. Luckily, keeping these four things in your car can help you ensure that you are prepared in the event that you are involved in a wreck.
You’ll need to be able to call for help if you’re involved in an accident. Make sure that you always have your cell phone on hand when you’re in the car (just make sure that you don’t talk or text and drive!) and that you have a spare battery or a car charger on hand. If you don’t like to use a cell phone, you can always purchase a cheap prepaid phone with limited minutes on it; then, you’ll have it in case of an emergency, but you won’t have to worry about being saddled with a monthly plan.
You can purchase a first aid kit that is fully stocked from a pharmacy or mass market retail store, or you can make your own. Either way, you’ll want to have bandages, alcohol pads, an emergency blanket and other essentials on hand in case you or someone else is hurt in a car accident and has to wait for help to arrive.
A camera can come in very handy in the event of a car accident, since you can take pictures of both vehicles, any street signs or road construction and other things to use as evidence. You may need this when talking to the insurance company or when working with a Denver personal injury attorney.
Jotting down what happened while it’s fresh on your mind is important. You may also need to be able to write down witness statements and contact information, insurance information for the other driver and other valuable info. Keeping a notepad and a pen or pencil in your glove compartment or center console can help make this easier.
It’s important to always be prepared for a potential accident when you hit the road. Luckily, having these four things on hand can help.
Thanks to our friend and contributor, J. Todd Tenge of The Tenge Law Firm — serving Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, CO, for his insight into serious personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases.