Driving in icy conditions is scary for a number of reasons, not the least of which is your increased risk of being involved in an accident. When you are involved in an accident in these conditions, it is important that you know what to do. Accident management can be much different in dangerous conditions than it is in normal driving conditions.
If you are ever involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is take stock to make sure that neither you nor anyone in your vehicle has been injured. If someone is hurt, do not move him or her. Instead, call 911 or another emergency line immediately.
Once you have checked on the safety of yourself and your passengers, ensure that you check on the other driver and passengers of the other vehicle.
Your next step should be to call 911 or possibly the snow emergency line, which in many cases is set up when a state of emergency has been declared. Often it will take a significant amount of time for emergency vehicles to arrive because of the sheer volume of accidents that occur during adverse conditions.
Emergency personnel may advise you to move your vehicles from the scene of the accident. If advised, you should ensure that you and all other vehicles are out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving your vehicle in the open could lead to a car pile up and more injuries. If you can, take pictures of the accident before moving the vehicles.
Ensure that you always wait for police and emergency vehicles to arrive, as you don’t want to be cited for a hit-and-run or for leaving the scene of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in the Atlanta area or throughout Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact the Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. for your free case evaluation.