Freezing Rain and What To Do If You’re Involved in an Accident

Posted on 02/16/21

Dangerous conditions will possibly be blanketing Connecticut this afternoon and early tomorrow. Conditions will heavily impact today’s evening and tomorrow’s morning commute. In northern parts of the state, about a quarter of an inch of ice will develop on trees, powerlines, and roads. This is cause for great concern for even the most seasoned drivers. Over the past few weeks, we have seen a relentless battering by significant snowstorms, causing hundreds of accidents throughout the state. We understand that some may have work or other obligations they must attend to even during inclement weather. When you aren’t able to stay home, which is highly recommended, you should follow extreme caution when driving. If you or a loved one are
involved in an accident contact  Attorney James A. Welcome directly at (203) 753-7300.

Your Speed.

In icy conditions, your vehicle tires will have little to no traction on pavement. Connecticut DOT will spread significant amounts of salt and other chemicals to melt ice and create friction, but in some areas, it can only do so much. To ensure you don’t lose control of your vehicle, reduce your speed by at least half. If other vehicle operators are tailgating you, proceed with caution and maintain your speed. Do not speed up simply based on another driver’s recklessness during inclement conditions. Speed is one of the most important factors when it comes to driving in the snow, rain, or sleet. If drivers maintain and follow a safe driving speed during inclement weather, accidents can be prevented!

Driving Distance.

Yes, your driving distance is highly important in your reaction time. Leaving significant distance between vehicles doesn’t increase travel time but it does protect you from dead stops etc. Not only will you have more time to react but you will give your vehicle enough time to safely come to a stop. In slick conditions, slamming your breaks will not work. Reducing your speed by lightly tapping on the break may be your best course of action. Again, slow speeds and increased distance are important when driving in inclement weather.

I was involved in an accident, what do I do?

Call Emergency Services
You should immediately contact emergency services for you and anyone else involved in the accident. Even if you “feel” alright it doesn’t mean you are. When in shock, your body doesn’t act the same and you may neglect to feel any pain. Remember there are other individuals involved in an accident and they may be injured too. Don’t hesitate to call right away.

Collect Information
Record the license plate number, insurance number, and driver’s license information from the other driver.

Take Pictures
If you’re able to, take pictures of the wreckage and surrounding signage and the location itself. Be sure to take photos from multiple angles. Not only will this help police in drafting a police report but it will be highly influential in ensuring fault is determined.

When the Police Arrive
After an officer arrives, it’s important to share as much information as possible but never blame or attack the other driver. Not only will a heightened mood only cause you more pain but it may influence the officer’s decision in determining your percentage of fault. Be calm and proceed with caution. Do not make any statement that can be used against you.

Witness Statements
If other drivers or pedestrians witnessed the crash do your best to get their details (email, phone number, and name).

Contact an Attorney
It’s simple, attorneys know the law and understand how to get you the compensation you deserve. A skilled Connecticut injury attorney will take the stress off your shoulders and will be by your side each step of the way. Avoid attorneys that promise big things, they typically never accomplish this. You want to partner with someone you can trust and understand your case. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to the attorney. They may include the following;

Have you ever been disciplined?
What are your prior cases that bey be similar to mine?
Will you work directly on my case?
Are you equipped to take my case to trial?
What is your approach when it comes to dealing with insurance adjusters?

Why you should call an attorney if you’re injured

After an accident, there may be a lot going through your head. Your priority should always be your health and safety and that starts by getting all the necessary medical treatment you’ll need with as much time off from work as possible. Remember your recovery should be your main goal. Your last concern should be how you’ll be able to afford to pay for injuries caused by another’s negligence. Although accidents happen, you deserve just compensation for your injuries. Your injuries could range from mild bruising to whiplash, a broken bone, a brain injury, or even being paralyzed. These all will require a thorough understanding of Personal Injury law in the State of Connecticut to ensure you get as much of your out of work and medical expenses compensated. Hiring just any attorney may leave you underrepresented and without enough money to cover your medical expenses. Don’t let this happen to you. For over two decades attorney James A. Welcome has represented thousands of individuals across the state of Connecticut, securing favorable outcomes on their behalf. If you’re looking for a personable attorney to work on your behalf, contact Attorney James A. Welcome at (203) 753-7300.