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Being Prepared: What to Do in Case Your Family Gets in a Car Accident

When you get in the car with your family, there is always the possibility that you could be involved in a car accident. It could be something minor that results in minimal damage to the vehicle and no injuries. At the other end of the spectrum, you could be in an accident with your family that changes the dynamics of the family unit for weeks, months or years to come. Before getting in your vehicle, be prepared for anything that might happen so that you and your family know what to do if the situation arises.

Prepare a Safety Kit

One of the things that you can do before you’re involved in a car accident is to make a kit that stays in each vehicle that you own. The kit can be something basic that includes bottled water, a small first-aid kit and non-perishable snacks that include crackers or granola bars. You should also include copies of personal information that will let emergency officials know your birthdays, names, blood types and who to call in case of an emergency if you are unable to respond.

Stay Calm

After a car accident, you might want to immediately get out of the vehicle to survey the damage and check on the other people who are involved. However, it’s best to stay inside the car until help arrives. If there is any kind of danger from a gasoline leak or a fire, then that is a situation where you want to try to get out of the vehicle. If there are any injuries, then you want to leave those people alone and keep them from being moved until emergency officials arrive.

Attorney Assistance

If you are involved in an accident of any kind, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. There are often statutes of limitations in most states that will prevent you from filing a claim after a certain period of time. When you talk to the attorney, take all of the evidence and witness statements that you have as well as any medical bills and treatment plans so that the attorney knows how to prepare the claim.

Keep Details

After everyone is safe and secure, you need to make the proper reports to the local police department. You also need to take pictures of the scene and get witness statements about what happened if there are other people present. Exchange information with the other people involved, such as phone numbers and insurance policy details. All of this information should then be given to your attorney or presented in court if you do not seek representation.

A car accident of any kind can have lingering impacts mentally and physically. Be prepared for an accident before leaving home by gathering the proper tools and documents that might be needed. Talk to your family about what should be done after an accident to keep injuries to a minimum.

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