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I Was Involved In A Car Accident In The Snow. What Now?

North Carolina is finally thawing out the first snow of 2017, but not all NC drivers escaped the weekend unscathed. As of 7pm that Monday evening, the NC State Highway Patrol was reporting over 3,600 calls from distressed motorists. About one third of those calls were vehicle collisions and the rest involved cars sliding off the road.

If you are one of the many North Carolinians involved in a car accident during the snow weekend, you may be wondering what to do next, who’s at fault, etc. That’s why the car accident experts at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood created this reference sheet for drivers who experienced a wreck in the snow. Scroll below to learn exactly how to proceed with your legal claim!

Exchange information with other party.

Ensure that you and the other party have each other’s contact information. This is necessary to correspond appropriately during the course of the claim and to retrieve important documents pertinent to the incident.

Take pictures.

Step 1 after any car accident is to take pictures of both vehicles and the scene in general. If you did not do so at the time of the accident, get out your phone or camera and go snap shots of the collision area(s) on your vehicle!

Talk to any witnesses.

It’s important to also gather the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. Typically, the responding officer will gather witness information, so contact that officer if you need any witness info.

Retrace your steps.

Accidents in the snow call into a play a number of factors that would not exist in normal driving conditions. For instance, a defendant may claim that your windshield was not sufficiently cleared of snow, and that you were, in turn, negligent and liable for the accident. This makes it very important that you retrace your steps before getting into the car. Did you scrape your windows of ice and snow? Did you activate your 4-wheel drive (if available)? Taking every necessary step to mitigate a crash before the fact will work in your favor legally.

Call an attorney.

It is critical to consult an experienced attorney if anyone was injured in the accident. The expert personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can help you maximize your recovery sum if you were injured. Contact us today and let us review your case!

Consult an attorney about your accident today!

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you need a sharp, experienced attorney to help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Office of D. Hardison today to schedule a free initial consultation.

This entry was posted in Car Safety, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury.