Snow season means an increase in ice-and-storm-related car accidents and painful injuries. We’ve put together some tips to help you remain safe on the roadways and to be better prepared if you do get involved in a winter wreck.
Our region is among the nation’s top five for wintertime accidents, and Pennsylvania alone records over forty snow-related auto fatalities each year.
Click here for some tips to stay safe from the National Highway Traffic Safety website and scroll down for more:
SUGGESTIONS FOR SAFER WINTER DRIVING
Here are some more recommendations to avoid winter accidents or be better prepared if you are involved in one…
— Take it slower on the road. Icy patches pop up unexpectedly, and blizzard conditions make driving more challenging, so drive safer than usual and take more time to get to your destination.
— Make your vehicle “storm-ready.” Use snow tires, clear that windshield, warm the car up before you head out, and consider having coolant, jumper cables, or a spare battery in your trunk.
— Be prepared if an accident does happen. Even the best driver can find themselves in an auto accident, and doing so in the heart of winter weather presents its own issues.
Have blankets, heavy clothing, and coats in your vehicle if you need to wait outside after a wreck. Stop by the auto store for some flares, pack a flashlight, some extra water, and maybe some non-perishable food.
And just like Mom said, have a good winter hat to keep warm if you’re forced to wait outside your car unexpectedly.
— Give yourself lots of extra room between your vehicle and the car ahead of you. Stopping on the icy, snowy roads takes a lot more space.
What to do if you are involved in a wintertime auto accident:
Accidents do happen, even to the best drivers. If you are involved in one, check yourself and others for injuries, and call 911 if necessary. Move the cars to the side of the road to avoid a second accident. Exchange information with others involved.
And when first responders arrive, recount all the details of the accident for them.
Start a note on your phone, recording the time that the accident happened, the conditions of others, and damage to any vehicles. Take photos of the roadway and cars, and note the road and weather conditions while the information is fresh in your mind. Note any details about what was happening before and during the accident, so you can refer to the info later.
Seek medical attention soon after the crash. Symptoms sometimes don’t show up right away, and doctors who specialize in pain treatment can diagnose your injuries and help you recover faster.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any back, neck, or joint pain, as well as any head injuries you suffer in a crash. We are one of the few pain management practices in our area to have a neurologist on staff, to focus specifically on brain trauma and other head injuries, and this expertise has helped many patients recover and get pain relief after a car crash.
Driving in winter weather can be stressful, but knowing you are prepared helps bring some peace of mind. Bundle up and stay safe!
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