Is Your Car Prepared for an Accident or Breakdown?
The idea that your car could be prepared for an accident before it happens may seem incredible. However, there are things you can do to get your vehicle ready in case of either a crash or breakdown. We’ll offer you some basic suggestions.
Unfortunately, a number of auto accidents are actually attributable to problems with the car itself. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a survey that included securing accident scene data. Among the issues that contributed to car crashes were poorly maintained brakes, defective or bad tires, and problems with the steering mechanism. Engine-related difficulties also contributed to some accidents.
Be Prepared In Case of an Emergency
There’s the obvious, of course. Before you head out on the road, you should make sure your car is in good working order. If your brakes are squeaky, have them checked. Pay attention to the “idiot lights” on the dashboard. They are there for a reason. We could go on with routine maintenance tips. Instead, we will refer you to this helpful article from the Automobile Association of America (AAA). It offers some useful information for ensuring your car is safe as the temperatures become more frigid.
There are other things drivers should do to be prepared in case of a car crash for even a breakdown on the side of the road. Let’s start with an emergency kit. Here are some good ideas to keep on hand:
- First aid kit
- Road flares
- Seatbelt cutter
- Fire extinguisher
- Multipurpose tool
- Bottled water
You don’t have to limit your emergency kit to just these items. In the winter months, it’s crucial that you have an ice scraper on hand. You should also make sure you have the means of changing your tire if it goes flat. Consider keeping a supply of cat litter or a product to melt ice in case it is needed.
Your personal comfort in the event of an accident or breakdown should also be considered. Many people enter their vehicle from an attached garage and don’t even bother to wear a coat. You should make sure to have some form of outerwear in the car. Also, keep a blanket in the trunk or backseat at all times. The shock of an accident can cause you or your passengers to experience chills. You may even want to consider having an extra set of clothes in case you need to make a change. Add an umbrella and/or rain poncho to the items you have for your personal comfort.
These days almost everyone has a cellphone on hand when they are beyond the wheel. Not only does this expedite the reporting process, but smartphones can also be useful in documenting accident scenes. Use your phone or have a camera available to take pictures that can capture the details of the incident. Keep paper and pen in the car to take notes as needed.
After the Accident
No one is ever prepared for an accident. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have handled the cases of many injured in automobile accidents. If you or a loved one is considering a personal injury action, we would like to assist you. Call us to discuss your claim.