Preparing for the Worst: What to do in Case of a Car Crash
By Space Coast Daily // October 5, 2018
Stay calm, Record the details
Preparing for the unexpected is always hard – because you never know what you’re getting into and when. But preparation is part of being a responsible driver.
And as important as car insurance is, there are some other things you should also keep in mind. From supplies to knowledge, here are some things you should keep in mind if you ever get into a car crash.
Emergency kit – you should always have a kit inside your car, consisting of the essentials. First aid kits are common for most cars but don’t hesitate to put other things you think you’ll need there as well. For example, jumper cables, gloves, blankets, and more. And ideally, you should put the kit near you. Also, it goes without saying to have an extra tire as well.
Driving insurance and paperwork – another essential thing you should have with you always. If you don’t have it with you everywhere you go, you should change that. Some drivers even carry a copy in their wallet, while some in their glove compartment. So, decide what works for you best.
Medical knowledge – you don’t even have to be a driver but knowing some general first aid knowledge can be the deciding factor between saving your or someone else’s life. Most people just stand there watching during a car crash but knowing some simple life-saving techniques can make a difference between saving a life.
The small things – it’s easy to forget them but you should always have the small essentials in your car. For most people, this includes a phone charger, a list of emergency number, a pen and a paper (to write down information about the other driver, for example), a flashlight and other similar items. They’re easily overlooked and you never know when you might need them.
Record the details – this includes, the time and the date, the model, the color and the number plate of the cars, and so on. More details may be found on this accident checklist. If no one else was involved in the car accident, this information will surely come in handy when dealing with insurance or the police. Especially if the other driver drives off, you should be able to make a claim to your insurance provider and the more information you have – the better.
Staying calm – the final and probably the hardest step. Adrenaline will try to take over as soon as you get into a car crash so you should take a deep breath and assess the damages first. Know if you’re in pain, if it’s dangerous or safe to be inside the car, how the other driver is doing, and so on.
If you’re feeling fine and the other driver isn’t damaged either, then things should go smoothly from there on. If you have insurance and a car accident lawyer, your main priority should always be immediate safety and assessing the damages of everyone involved.
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