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What to do after a winter car accident

Getting into a car accident is terrible on a normal day, but it can be much worse to get into an accident in the winter. With freezing wind and heavy snowfall, your safety could be compromised if you are in a winter accident.

Each year, more than 115,000 Americans are in car crashes that result in injury because of winter weather conditions. It is important to know what to do after a winter accident, so you can stay safe and get the compensation you deserve.

Assess your situation

After any accident, it is a good idea to assess the situation you are in. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I badly injured?
  • Is my car stuck in the snow/ unable to drive?
  • Do weather conditions make it unsafe for me to get out of the car?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, it is important to stay in your car and contact the police to help you. If you are not badly hurt and your car is still able to drive, you may be able to move on to the next steps.

Move your car out of the road

It is easy for cars to get stuck in the snow or slush in the winter, especially after an accident. If your car can drive and you can get out of the road, it may be wise to do so. If you are out of the way of traffic, there is less of a chance that oncoming cars will strike you. In order to help other cars see you, set up flares or cones around the scene of the accident.

Contact the police

It is important to contact the police after any accident, as they will be able to assess the scene, give you help if you need it, and create a police report. A police report may be helpful if you need to prove liability to an insurance company.

Obtain information and evidence

Especially in winter accidents, it is important to take pictures of the scene. Take pictures of the damage to your car, and the other car if there is one. Take pictures of the road conditions if that contributed to the accident. It is also important to exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.

Winter car accidents can be stressful for everyone involved. Make sure if you are in one, that you keep yourself safe.

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