How to Prepare for a Vehicle Crash

Drivers are encouraged to take the time to develop plans and create emergency kits that can be used after a vehicle accident occurs.

No driver in Philadelphia wants to spend time thinking about being involved in a car crash. However, giving some thought to such a situation is wise and can help people develop plans that can make a positive difference when a crash does happen. It is easy for drivers to assume they'll remember everything they should do in an accident situation but these times can be very frantic and make it easy to overlook important details. Following are some things people can do to make the post-accident moments a bit less harried.

Stock an emergency car kit

Certainly, an emergency kit can have items useful in the event that a vehicle breaks down but these same things may also be valuable in the wake of an accident. The Consumer Protection Association provides an overview of some things that should be included in such a kit. Among these are the following:

  • Flashlights, headlamps or other gear to help drivers see in dim light.
  • Flares or bright cones to secure a crash scene and warn other drivers.
  • Reflective wear and other gear to help people remain visible to other drivers at night.

State Farm advises that if it can be done safely, moving a vehicle out of the way of traffic should be done. If that is not safe to do, a vehicle's hazard lights can be yet another way of alerting oncoming traffic.

Prepare for medical emergencies

When a driver is rendered unconscious after a crash, emergency personnel will not have the ability to ask about conditions, allergies, and other details. Putting together a document that outlines these things for all people in a family can help in such a time. This can be kept in the glovebox or in the emergency kit.

Gathering data

Even the most minor crash can necessitate an insurance claim. Having as much information as possible up front can help this process. Drivers should collect details about other drivers but also their passengers, any pedestrians involved, and any witnesses to the crash.

Some documentation about the crash scene can be collected through photos. Keeping a disposable camera in a car kit can allow for this if a cell phone gets damaged in the crash.

Accident report details

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation explains that drivers have the responsibility to file reports for crashes that meet certain criteria. These include the death of or injury to at least one person or damage to any vehicle that renders it unable to be driven away. However, if officers investigate the crash, drivers do not have to file their own reports.

Calling a lawyer

Contacting an attorney should be considered a standard part of the post-accident process. The right legal input can help if there are issues with receiving proper compensation.