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What emergency kit contents won’t help me if I am involved in a Columbia, MD car accident?

Placing an emergency kit in your vehicle is ideal. Not only does having the kit in your car provide you with a sense of security, but it can also help if you are involved in a Columbia, MD car accident. Items such as blankets, flashlights and water are essential, but other items included in the kit are not only useless, but could be dangerous, as well.

Food That Can Spoil

Dehydrated food and non-perishable items like certain candies and snack bars can help to keep your energy and blood sugar levels up after a Maryland car crash. Placing food that can spoil, such as items that contain dairy, in your kit, could actually make you ill if you ingest them. Therefore, only include food that can stand the test of time, and a variety of different types of weather, in your kit.


Although keeping a bottle of gas in your vehicle just in case you run out, may seem like a good idea, but doing so can be extremely dangerous, particularly after a Howard County car crash. The gasoline could cause an explosion during the collision, which could cause severe injuries. Instead, be mindful of the amount of gas in your tank and attempt to keep the gas tank as full as possible.


Keeping weapons, such as guns and certain knives, in your kit is not only dangerous, but often illegal, as well. Having a pocket knife in your kit could be helpful if you need to cut an item, but a gun or larger knife is never a good idea. Not only could the weapon potentially go off during the accident and hurt those in its way, but it puts you at risk if someone goes through your vehicle, such as an aggressive driver who caused the accident. Instead, keep your weapons safely concealed at home.

If you are involved in a Columbia, MD car accident, you may need the help of an emergency kit. After the accident, however, you’ll need the assistance of an attorney. An experienced Maryland car crash lawyer may be able to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Call the law offices of Jimeno & Gray, P.A., at (410) 590-9401 for more information and to request your free copy of the book A Crash Course in Maryland Accidents, written by lawyer Gregory Jimeno.

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