Drivers should be prepared for accidents in snowy conditions and know what to do in the aftermath of a crash.
RICHLAND, WA - Drivers should be prepared for accidents in snowy conditions and know what to do in the aftermath of a crash.
Wintry conditions sent cars slipping and sliding down roads, causing accidents and some big headaches for drivers who had to deal with the damage.
Insurance agents want to remind people that if they get in an accident, be prepared with their insurance card and exchange information with the other driver right away.
They also suggest taking pictures of the other car, their license plate and even the driver.
Gary Paulson, Mid-Columbia Insurance agent, says the most important first step is to make sure you are completely off the road to prevent further damage or safety risks.
"If you slid, the guy who's coming up in ten minutes is going to be sliding. Get out of the roadway.Get safe and don't take your chances of someone side swiping you while you're standing there exchanging information," said Paulson.
Paulson advised you to drive slowly in the snow because no matter what your speed is, if it's considered too fast for conditions, not only will you have to deal with an accident, but you'll probably get a ticket that could impact your insurance costs.
Agents recommend reporting your accident to your insurance company within 24 hours.