Winter Weather To Bring Many Accidents To The Midwest


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As winter approaches, not only does the weather turn for the worse, it often seems as if motorist’s driving abilities turn for the worse.  Unfortunately, the bad weather brings many car accidents with it.  This article is to help motorists get through the winter safely and gives some pointers on what to do to protect their interests should a car accident occur. 

How To Safely Drive And Survive This Winter

The first, and most important, thing to do is get your vehicle serviced and ready for the winter.  This includes having your tires and brakes checked and replaced, if necessary.  The change in temperature and notorious road conditions can wreak havoc on your tires.  Also, make sure your windshield wiper blades are new and sufficient to stand up to the freezing rain, slush, ice, snow and copious amounts of salt-filled spray coming off of the roads.  It is also advisable to have your battery checked, as a sudden drop in temperature will drain you battery of power and could leave you stranded.  All of these things are very important, as poor visibility and mechanical failures are some of the leading causes of accidents during the Midwest’s harsh winter.

It is also important to be properly equipped to handle any situation.  This includes making sure you have plenty of warm clothing and blankets in your vehicle, including hats and gloves.  If you become stranded you may also find a flashlight necessary.  Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a sufficient spare tire, working jack and jumper cables.  No one wants to change a spare tire without a coat or gloves in -10 degree weather.

What To Do If You Are In An Accident

Unfortunately, no matter how well you prepare, car accidents do happen.  If you are involved in car accident, the first thing to do is call 911, regardless if you are injured or not. It is important that the police respond and make a report of the car accident.  Also, get the information off of the other driver’s license and insurance card, as well as the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.  Doing so will help preserve important information and provide evidence that the car accident happened, should you need to prove your claim at a later date.

It is also important that you seek immediate medical attention.  Many times, people in car accidents do not even realize they are injured immediately after the accident, due to adrenaline and nerves.  Leave your health and well-being to medical professionals.  Even if you don’t find it necessary to go to an emergency room immediately, it is important that you follow up with your primary care physician or other medical professionals.  Many times, symptoms may not arise for several days after a car accident.  Also, follow your doctor’s orders and course of treatment.  Not only is this important for your health, it is important to document your injuries and treatment, should you need to pursue a claim for your injuries.

Conclusion

We hope these few pointers will help you get through the upcoming winter.  However, If you are one of the unfortunate few to be involved in a car accident this winter, the above-pointers should help.  If you are injured in a car accident, the professionals at Page Law, LLC are here to assist you.  Please email attorney Chad M. deRoode at chad@thepagefirm.com, or call him at 314-241-4555 for a free consultation.

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