Steps on Handling an Auto Accident Safely
Negative temperatures, ice patches, wind chills, winter can be a terrible time on the road. And even worst time to get into a car accident.
With reduced visibility, slick, roads and possibly a reckless driver, accidents can happen. So, what should you do if you experience one? Follow these guidelines to help you stay safe while you wait for help to arrive after a car accident in winter.
1. Be Calm. You first instinct following any accident maybe to get out of the car. But given traffic and road conditions. It may not be safe for you to get out of the vehicle at all. Stay in your car take a deep breath, turn on your hazards lights and check yourself and others for injuries. Keep in mind if you in shock, you may not notice your own injuries at first. If needed, call 911.
2. Get off the road. If your car is operable and no one involved requires emergency first aid, make clearing the roadway your next priority. Move the vehicles off the road to reduce the chances of causing another accident. Proceed with caution, other drivers on the road need extra time to react to slow moving vehicles.
3. Stay in the car if unable to get off the road. Walking on the road is extremely dangerous if other cars are around, especially with stormy weather and slick roads. So, stay in your car fasten your seatbelt, in case another collision occurs.
4. Stay warm, stay visible. Put up warning triangles and road flares, if you have them. Turn on your lights and hazards. You should have emergency kit stocked with blankets and clothing.
5. Collect information and report the accident. After any accidents, it’s important to exchange insurance information. Take notes about what happened and take photos. Contact your insurance carrier to file a claim and your roadside assistance service to request help.