When you get into an auto accident, you need to be prepared. As an auto attorney, I want to give you some advice about what you should keep in your car to make dealing with an auto accident easier. Furthermore, what you need to gather in order to make it easier for a lawyer to represent you.
Either you can buy a car accident kit, or you can grab a canvas bag and put one together. The first things you should have in your auto accident kit are a pad of paper, a pen, and a pencil. On the pad of paper, it is smart to write down a checklist of things to do after the accident.
Also on your pad of paper, you should list all the information that you need to gather, with space next to each item. This will make it easier to collect your thoughts during this situation. The information you need to gather from the other driver is their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, date of birth, license plate number, make, model, year, and color of their vehicle, VIN number, insurance company name, policy number and contact information for the insurance company.
The second thing you need in your kit is a camera, or a phone that is capable of taking photos. It is better to have a camera in the car, in case you forget your phone or it is dead. Taking photos of both vehicles, the location of the accident and any skid marks makes it easier for your auto accident attorney to represent you. In addition, taking photos of street signs and traffic signals may help your attorney.
The third thing is a tape recorder. This may seem old fashion, but having a recorder is necessary. After an auto accident, emotions and stress levels are high, and people may say things that they will later deny. Having recorded proof will help your auto accident attorney represent you.
The fourth thing you need in your kit is a flashlight. You never know what time an accident may happen. Having a flashlight will help you if the accident takes place at night. In addition, having a reflective triangle is a good way to help warn oncoming traffic about the accident.
The fifth thing you should have is a first aid kit. Having access to bandages and ointments will help you stop bleeding or clean out cuts while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
There are other items you should keep in your car (jumper cables and tools), but the above items will help your attorney the most. If you have a pad of paper, recorder and camera then you will be able to provide evidence that will help your injury attorney represent you.