No one wants to believe that they will ever be in a car accident.
Statistics show that the longer you drive, the higher your chances of getting in a car accident are. So, it pays to be prepared for the worse. In addition to having defensive driving skills and good insurance, you should also carry a few important items in your car.
Maintenance and Repair Tools
If you ever get into a single vehicle crash, you may need some tools to be able to help yourself. Keep the car’s manual, tire inflater and sealer, jumper cables, spare tire, duct tape, and other basic tools handy. Have the contact information of emergency services and a local mechanic saved in your cell phone.
Have a safety kit handy so that you have supplies until help arrives. Include a first aid kit, a blanket, a radio, a flashlight, a multipurpose tool that includes a knife, matches, water, maps, reflective signs, energy bars, and water. Keeping a comprehensive safety kit is particularly important if you are going on a long road trip.
If you ever get involved in a car accident, it is helpful to have certain items on hand. For example, if you have a cell phone with a camera, you will be able to take pictures of the accident site and use as evidence in proving your claim. If you have a notebook and a pen, record the contact information of the other driver involved in the crash and any eyewitnesses. Have your insurance information ready.
Reduce the Risk of a Car Accident
There are certain things that can help reduce the risk of a car accident. For example, if you are traveling with your pet, having a kennel can make driving much easier. Pets can be a big distraction if they are allowed to move freely in the car; a kennel keeps your pet safe while traveling. Something as simple as a pair of sunglasses can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing accidents caused by glare.
No matter how safe you drive and how prepared you are, there is always a chance that you may come in the path of a distracted, drunk, or negligent driver. If you or someone dear to you has suffered injuries in a car accident, contact a Chicago car accident lawyer from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166.