Florida residents should carry safety equipment in their vehicles to improve the chances of avoiding serious injuries in an automobile accident

Every year hundreds of thousands of vehicles travel on Florida's roads, including Daytona, Ormond and Flagler Beach.  Florida's warm weather, pristine beaches and Theme Parks brings many visitors, particularly in the summer months.  Unfortunately, since Florida has more vehicular traffic than many states, Florida also sees many car accidents.  Therefore, it is important to follow a few safety precautions which could improve the chances of walking away safely from a vehicle accident, and possibly save your life.

One safety precaution is to carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.  Many serious injuries or fatalities are suffered in post-crash vehicle fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2008 road vehicle fires were the cause of 11% of civilian fire deaths and a vehicle fire occurred every 134 seconds.  By keeping a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, you could reduce the chances of suffering serious injuries due to a car fire.

Another safety precaution is to carry a multi-purpose safety tool.  These tools perform several functions, which may include a flash light, seat belt cutter, windshield breaker.  These tools are small and will usually fit neatly in a glove box.  It is advisable to keep this tool in a storage compartment which can be reached from the driver's seat for easy access.

These tools could help save your life.  Florida has many bodies of water including lakes, ponds, rivers, canals, and of course oceans.  If your vehicle becomes submerged, these tools can be used to cut away a stuck seat belt and smash out a window in order to escape the vehicle in the event the doors will not open.  Likewise, this tool could also be used in the same manner to escape a vehicle fire.

Car fire extinguishers and multi-purpose safety tools can be purchased almost anywhere car supplies are sold.  They are inexpensive, but of immeasurable benefit in the event of an emergency.

If you, or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident, please contact Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at 1-800-556-8890 for a free consultation.