Winter Driving and Car Accidents

February 8, 2023  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Driving in the Twin Cities during winter is rough and at times can be problematic. You’re concerned about icy roads, falling snow, windy conditions, and reckless drivers. There are many factors that can go into causing a serious accident during these hazardous conditions. Winter driving and car accidents have a common cause-and-effect relationship. Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? Continue reading our blog to learn what you should do after a car accident.

Stop Your Vehicle and Turn Off the Engine

The first thing you should do after any car accident is to stop your vehicle and turn off the engine. State law requires that a driver must stop their vehicle after an accident and exchange information, no matter who is at fault. Turning off your vehicle is critical as well, because it helps prevent potential fire or other calamities.

Check for Injuries

Even if you do not feel seriously hurt or injured, you should allow a medical professional to examine you. Sometimes adrenaline or shock can cause your body to not feel any symptoms of an injury.

Call the Proper Authorities  

The most important thing that you need to do after a car accident is call 911 — especially if there are injuries — and other proper authorities. This is pivotal, even if it appears that no one was injured during the collision. Help will arrive to assist with clearing the scene, directing traffic, and creating an accident report.

Collect and Exchange Information From All Parties

When collecting information at the scene of the accident, you need to make sure that you document:

  • The approximate time of the accident
  • The location of the accident
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Contact and insurance information of the people involved
  • License plate numbers of vehicles involved
  • Vehicle makes and models
  • Photographs of the accident and scene
  • Photographs of the license plate of the other party

When documenting this information, be sure to also get the name, department, and badge number of the responding police officer(s). Obtain a copy of the police report as well.

Call Your Insurance Company

After any car accident, you should contact your insurance company from the scene and report your claim. Your agent can tell you exactly what you need to do and what you can expect during the claim process. If your vehicle is seriously damaged or totaled, your insurer can arrange for someone to tow your vehicle to an auto body shop.

Contact Barna, Guzy & Steffen

Winter driving and car accidents often go hand in hand. Accidents occur every day, often resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. No matter the cause of the accident, the trusted attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen can assist you. We will effectively and efficiently handle your case and work toward the best outcome for you. Contact us today!