Now that the cold weather has made its way to our area, it is important for all drivers to have their vehicles ready in case of an accident. The last thing that you need to worry about is being stranded in the cold while injured after a collision caused by another driver. We know that you are hoping to make it through the winter without having any incidents on the road. Unfortunately, you can’t control how other drivers operate their vehicles.
Before you head out the door on your next drive, make sure that you have a couple of blankets in your vehicle. In the trunk, pack some gloves, a hat and some warm clothing. Don’t forget to add a snow shovel to clear the snow away from the tailpipe. If you need to start your vehicle to run the heater to keep warm, if the tailpipe gets blocked, deadly exhaust can seep into the vehicle.
Also, make sure that you have a cellphone charger in your vehicle. You will need your phone to call for help if you get into an accident. Keeping a charger in the car insures you will have the ability to do this when necessary.
If you are involved in an accident, remember to put your safety first. If the roads are slick, vehicles might careen toward you at any given time. Try to stay in your car if possible to provide an extra layer of protection from secondary accidents. However, in multicar pile-ups, it’s often safer to exit the vehicle to get out of harm’s way.
Once you are safe and back at home, you might choose to seek compensation for the damages of the crash. We can help you to do this when you are ready, but don’t wait too long or the statute of limitations might lapse.