car safetyCar safety is crucial to anyone getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Certain precautions can not only help to save your own life, but can save the lives of others on the road.

Last week, a 39-year-old Brockton woman was killed after her car broke down in the middle lane of Route 24 in Avon and a hearse crashed into her Jeep. Marielourdes Azard-Torchon was driving the Jeep around midnight before it broke down. Robert Stockwell, 25, of Middleborough was the driver of the hearse. He tried to avoid the broken-down vehicle but ended up crashing into it, swerved into the median, and hit a guardrail. The hearse then caught fire and was completely engulfed in flames. Stockwell suffered from serious leg injuries and was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment.

According to police, the Jeep did not appear to have its hazards flashing and there were no flares in the road to warn other drivers of the breakdown.

For best car safety practice, the following items should be accessible in your vehicle in the event of an accident or emergency:

  • Spare tire (be sure to have it checked each time you have your tires rotated)
  • Jack
  • Scissors
  • Tool box with screwdrivers and wrenches
  • Car owner’s manual and car registration
  • Blanket
  • Small hammer
  • Flares
  • Fuses
  • Snack food and bottled water
  • Sealant for small leaks in tires
  • Duct tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Empty gas can
  • Can of motor oil
  • Portable radio with spare batteries
  • Emergency phone numbers of family and friends
  • Insurance information
  • Flash light with spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Paper and pen or pencil
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Window scraper for ice
  • Cell phone
  • Reflective vest

In the event of an accident or emergency, it is important to stay calm, make sure you and the other passengers are okay, call 911, contact your insurance company, and exchange vital information with the other driver if able to do so at the time. Keeping these car safety tips in mind will keep you prepared when the unthinkable happens. If you or a loved one has suffered from a personal injury from a car accident, please call me at: 508-660-8888 or visit us on the web at: