Although everyone is hopeful that they will not ever be in a car accident the statistics indicate that the majority of drivers will. It is important to be prepared for what to do if you are in a car accident before the situation occurs. Odessa car accident lawyers, Childs Bishop & White, want you to be safe. Therefore it is important to keep the following tips in mind if you are in a car accident in poor weather conditions.
Pull Over to a Safe Location
If another car lost control on wet or icy roads and ran into you the first thing you will want to do is pull over. When the weather is poor you need to be very aware of where you are pulling over, however. Your safety is important. Therefore you will want to pull completely off the road. If possible pull into a nearby parking lot. Your goal is to avoid getting hit by another car losing control in the same wet or icy conditions. This is especially dangerous if you are out of the car exchanging information with the other driver. Get completely off the road and try to stand with your car between you and the rest of the traffic.
Consider Calling the Police
If the weather conditions are poor it may be wise to call the police and then wait in your car. The police can help slow down the traffic or even close down a lane providing you a safer wait for the tow truck. The police can also help with the exchange of information with the other driver.
Record All Details
As with accidents in good weather conditions, it is important to record all details of the incident. You may not remember later on. Keep in mind that even if the roads were wet or icy the other driver may still be negligent. Were they going an appropriate speed for the weather? Did they provide enough space between cars? Many people assume the weather was at fault when in reality the other driver was not driving safely for the conditions. Be sure to record the weather conditions, how you were driving and how the other driver was driver. Record the specifics of the accident as well.
Although you may drive safely in all weather conditions, other drivers may not be as cautious. Keep the above tips in mind if you are in an accident in poor weather conditions. Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can help you get the settlement you deserve if the other driver was negligent for the accident.