Car accidents range from minor fender benders to catastrophic tragedies that alter lives. Whether there is a minor injury or a tragic death, the steps are often similar in how the people involved respond.
According to Driver Knowledge, there are more than 6 million accidents in the United States every year. These lead to insurance claims, medical bills, property repair bills and even funerals in the worst scenarios. While it is important to know what to do after a car accident, it can also be beneficial to prepare for one before it happens.
Know your insurance policy
Each driver should have access to their proof of insurance when they are driving. Many companies provide digital access, but even a printed card in the glove compartment is valid. Every time the policy updates, the driver should replace the documentation.
Carry an emergency kit
When an accident happens, the most important thing is that everyone on the scene is okay. Medical personnel and law enforcement officials are necessary, and those on the scene can help care for the injured before they get there and often save lives. Drivers can help by carrying an emergency first aid kit along with a flashlight and cones to block off the dangerous section of the road.
Keep a phone charged
Cell phones are convenient but often present a false sense of security that safety is always just a phone call away. If an accident happens and someone needs to call for help, a portable charger or alternate method of communication is valuable.
It is likely that most people will end up in a car accident, whether as a passenger or a driver. They can limit damage and injuries by preparing before the accident happens and keeping a cool head.