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Q: I heard that I should have an emergency kit in my car. What should be in it?

A:

Emergency kits are a great thing to have in your car. It's basically the same concept as insurance: there's a chance you may never have to use it, but when you do need it, it will truly be a life-saver. 

Some stores sell pre-made emergency kits, but we think it is better to create your own and include everything you think you may need. When you're making your kit, you need to think about different scenarios that could occur, both short-term and long-term. 

  • Prepare for communication issues. Some people think they will be fine if they have their cell phone, but what if the battery completely dies? Or the phone gets damaged? When creating your emergency kit, add quarters for a pay phone, a pre-paid phone card, a back-up cell phone battery, and a back-up phone charger (as well as an adaptor so you can plug it in). You need to be able to call family, the insurance company, the police, and your auto accident attorney. Harrisburg has long stretches of highway, and you don't want to get stuck!
  • A flash light and road flares. Make sure you can see others—and that others can see you—if you get stuck in the dark. 
  • A first-aid kit. Some car accident injuries need attention right away and can't wait for the paramedics to arrive. A first-aid kid can help stabilize an injury. 
  • Extra blankets and clothes. Winters can get pretty cold in Pennsylvania, and if you're stuck in your car overnight, you'll be really happy you planned ahead. 
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items. 

You can add many other things to the kit, like a spare tire, rope, or maps. The important thing is to think ahead and anticipate any issues that could arise. If you're not sure what else you need, ask your car crash attorney.

Camp Hill, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and other areas in Pennsylvania have car accidents all the time, and many victims wish they would have thought ahead to create an emergency kit.

Call the personal injury attorneys at Schmidt Kramer today for a free consultation at 888-476-0807.