While you certainly never want to be in a car accident in Texas, the statistics are against you. There is a good chance that you will be in a car accident at least once in your lifetime. The best thing you can do is prepare for a collision before it ever happens.
Gerber Collision and Glass explains that having an action plan for when a car accident occurs will help you stay safe and make sure that you gather the information you need for handling things afterwards. Your plan should be a comprehensive system of items that will help you gather your wits and focus after an accident.
Safety after an accident is important. You do not want a secondary accident to cause serious bodily harm to you or anyone else. So, here are some things you will want to keep in your vehicle to help keep you safe when you are dealing with the aftermath of an accident:
- First aid supplies
- Warning triangles
You also want to make sure you know what to do after a collision. You should get off the roadway and out of traffic. If you stay in your vehicle, make sure that you keep your seat belt on. Turn on your hazard lights as well.
Protecting yourself legally
You also need to be ready to protect future legal claims you may have. You should take pictures of the scene, so make sure you have a camera handy. You also want a notebook to write down the names and contact information from witnesses. Use your notebook to also gather information about the other driver and vehicle. Always write down the license plate number and get the other driver’s insurance information.
Assembling your safety gear and ensuring you are ready to gather information at the scene is your best way to prepare for an accident. While hopefully one never happens to you, at least you will be ready to protect yourself as best as possible.