No one expects to get into an auto accident. Unfortunately, it happens every day in South Carolina. After a crash, there are a lot of matters that need to be handled. Some of these are personal safety measures and others are important for protecting yourself legally after the wreck.
You can make things easier by keeping a few necessities in the glove compartment of your vehicle.
Glove Box Essentials After An Accident
There are certain items you should keep in your glove box at all times that will help in the unfortunate event of a crash. These include:
- Documentation to show that you have proper auto insurance
- Cell phone charger
- The vehicle manufacturer’s owner’s manual
- Sunglasses, for bright conditions
- Maps, in case your phone dies, there’s no signal, or you otherwise can’t access your GPS
All of these items will come in handy in case of an accident. Being prepared can make a stressful situation much more manageable.
Do’s and Don’ts After a Car Accident
The steps you take immediately following a car accident can either help or hurt your claim. In the moments after a crash:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Exchange information with the other driver(s).
- Call Stewart Law Offices for a free consultation.
- Notify your insurance company of the crash.
- Refuse an ambulance ride.
- Say the crash is your fault.
- Say the crash is your fault.
- Tell an adjuster that you’re OK.
Additionally, if the insurance company of the at-fault driver contacts you, be very careful about what you say. Provide as little information as possible, and tell them to contact your attorney.
How to Prove Liability After a Car Accident
To prove that someone else was liable for a car accident, you must prove they were negligent. The only way to do this is to gather evidence that shows how the accident happened and that the other driver caused it. This evidence can include:
- Photos and videos
- Forensic evidence from the scene
- Statements from all drivers and witnesses
- Footage of dash cams or security cameras
- Black box data
- Cell phone records
- Accident reconstruction specialist testimony
- Your medical records
Our lawyers know what evidence must be collected, and how to get it. Let us do the heavy work so that you can focus on healing.
Emergency Car Accident Kit
Not all car accidents are an emergency. But even a fender bender could disable your vehicle or cause minor injuries. Keep an emergency kit on hand in case there are things you can do to make yourself safer. This should include:
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
- Tow straps
- Spare tire
- Snacks and water
At Stewart Law Offices, we hope you never need any to access any of these items. But if you do, they can help manage some common problems after a crash.
What To Keep In The Glove Box Vs. What Not To Keep In The Glove Box
Although there are some things you should always have in your glove box, there are also things you should never keep in there. These include:
- Personal papers
- Vehicle registration
- Vehicle ownership title
- Driver’s license
All of these items can be used by thieves if they break into your car. Once they have them, they can steal your identity and gain access to your most personal and confidential information.
When to Contact Stewart Law Offices
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and are suffering from serious injuries, now is the time to call a South Carolina car accident attorney. At Stewart Law Offices, we know how to prove when another party was at fault for your accident, and we’ll aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.