You are cold, wet and waiting for the first responders after the car collision. The person in the other car seems drunk and has a gash on his head. You feel helpless for a moment, before diving into action. In the trunk of your vehicle is your car accident pack. Grabbing a trash bag, you pull a hole for your head and arms, before throwing the blanket over your shoulder and taking it to the driver of the other vehicle and offering your first aid kit to help with the head wound.
Why have a car accident pack?
Instead of hoping or waiting for life to sneak up on you, it is better to take things into your own hands and that includes your safety, and peace of mind. Car accident packs can be used for so many situations:
- If your car breaks down, especially if it is in the middle of nowhere with zero cell phone reception, having the snacks, water, and blanket could be a huge blessing.
- In the case of acar accident – it could be your own or even as a bystander, you’ll be thankful for the safety tools you have to offer.
- If you see someone get injured or a medical emergency. There are times where you may be at an event or in the parking lot near your car when someone needs the first aid kit you have from your car.
What is in the car accident pack?
You can purchase a premade car accident pack, or even make your own! The basic components of the pack, which you can place inside a backpack or even a reusable bag, are:
- Snacks and Water: These can be changed out every 6 months, but it is wise to keep some snacks, such as granola bars or trail mix and water in case you are stranded.
- Heavy-duty trash bags- These are wonderful makeshift raincoats and can cover your in a pinch when it rains.
- Disposable plastic gloves- If body fluids are involved it is important to keep yourself safe and utilize safety precautions, treat all body liquid as if it is contaminated.
- A First Aid Kit- You can purchase these at most stores or online. They normally include bandages, ointment, gauze, and other medical assistance.
- Blankets- These can be helpful in the cooler or cold seasons, but also a comfort for those in shock.
- Fire extinguisher- be sure to use the correct type used in car fires.
- Emergency Flares- There are very useful so others can see your vehicle from a distance. Some vehicles are pushed off the road and in these cases flares can be invaluable to survival.
It is always best to hire an attorney to represent you in your accident case, especially if you have sustained injures. An attorney can help you to maximize your recovery and better defend you against liability if you’re at fault. Board Certified Personal Injury attorney Bryan Caulfield has decades of experience in auto accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Board Certified Personal Injury attorney Bryan Caulfield today for a free consultation at (727) 460-1208.