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What Items Should I Keep in My Car in Case of an Accident?

person checking off the inventory for an emergency kit

Driving is second nature to many of us, but car accidents can happen when you least expect them. Additionally, there are other emergency situations that can happen when you’re on the road that you don’t want to be unprepared for.

Whether your car battery dies, you end up with a flat tire, or end up losing control of your vehicle and swerve off of the road, having a well-stocked vehicle can help ensure that you are prepared for anything that happens. Remember, being a safe driver starts before you even get on the road. The following items can help you ensure that you are ready for any situation on the road.

Important Documents

The first thing that you should always keep in your vehicle in the event of an accident is important documents and personal information. You can give this information to police or use it when you exchange information with the other driver involved. Make sure to keep it all in one location where it won’t get lost, such as your glove compartment. Specific examples include:

  • Your driver’s license
  • Your vehicle registration
  • Your car insurance information
  • AAA information
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Notepad and pen for taking notes

First Aid/Survival Kit

If anyone needs emergency medical attention following a car crash, you should immediately call 9-1-1. But, remember that emergency medical responders may not be able to get to you immediately, depending on where you are located. Additionally, if you ever find yourself with minor wounds, such as bruises, scrapes, or bumps, you may want to begin treating the minor wounds yourself.

Keeping a well-stocked first aid/survival kit can help in case you have to stay at the scene for a while. Some important items to keep in an emergency kit include:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Gauze dressing
  • Band aids in various sizes
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Burn aid ointment
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sutures
  • Thermometer
  • Numbing gel or cream

Car Care and Emergency Items

Even if you pay for roadside assistance, remember that there may be times where you may need something immediately and can’t wait an hour for roadside assistance to show up and help with. The following items can also come in handy in case your car, for instance, breaks down unexpectedly in a remote area, you get into an accident at night, or your car is in the middle of the road:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Road flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra cell phone charger for the car
  • Medicine
  • Blankets
  • Extra clothes
  • Bottled water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Back-up car fluids
  • Tool kit
  • Glass breaking tool
  • Non-perishable food
  • Spare tire

Injured in a Car Accident?

If you would like to learn more about your rights following a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. at your earliest convenience. We pride ourselves in taking on complex cases that other attorneys won’t. No matter the circumstances of your crash or how complex your case is, we will do everything in our power to help you recover.

Contact our team at (254) 938-6885 at your earliest convenience. Our office is located in Waco, and we also assist those in Austin and the surrounding areas of Texas.