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Life-Saving Measures in Car Accidents

By Car Accident Help on September 15, 2017

first-aid-1732520_19202016 had the most motor vehicle accident fatalities in the last nine years, with over 40,000 deaths. The NSC is encouraging vehicle operators to implement their own life-saving measures to prevent car accident fatalities on our roads.

Some of the life-saving measures that the NSC has suggested include:

  • Mandatory ignition interlock devices in vehicles of convicted DUI offenders.
  • More electronic speed enforcement devices.
  • Rigid laws and penalties to prevent mobile device use while driving.
  • Stronger enforcement of seat belt laws.
  • New safety technologies, including lane departure warnings and blind-spot monitoring.
  • Greater funding for local emergency first responders.

Save Your Own Life (Maybe)

Drivers can better prepare for an emergency by maintaining adequate supplies, including:

  • Bottled water and food: Good snack options include an energy bar, trail mix, or dried fruit.
  • Wool blanket and water poncho: Wool is durable and can still be used if damp. Another option is an emergency space blanket, which is a metal-coated plastic sheet often used by marathon runners. A waterproof poncho with a hood is also good.
  • Sources of light: A flashlight, matches, glow sticks, and road flares for possible roadside use.
  • Mobile phone: With 12-volt charger.
  • A basic first aid kit which includes:
    • Bandages
    • Tape
    • Eyewash cup
    • Antiseptic
    • Duct tape
    • Nausea medication
  • Basic tool kit: Pliers, screwdriver, gloves, etc.
  • Auto supplies: Plastic gas can, jumper cables, aerosol tire repair product (fix-a-flat type), and tire gauge.
  • Shovel: Just in case your vehicle becomes stuck.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Insect repellant.
  • Prescribed medication.
  • Small amount of currency and coins.

There is never a convenient time for a traffic accident. If you’re hurt and have questions or need legal advice, contact Car Accident Help at (405) 285-4357. You will speak with an experienced attorney who has secured some of the largest verdicts and settlements on behalf of Oklahoma injury victims.

 

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