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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What to do if you have a car accident in freezing weather


    Having a car accident in freezing weather is a risk for all road users. There are a few precautions to take when driving in winter. Freezing weather conditions provide more hazards to road users than any other type. Whilst black ice is unquestionably the number one scourge of the roads, it’s far from the only potential cause of a road traffic accident.

    It’s an unfortunate fact of life that, no matter how careful you are, at some point, you are likely to experience, at the very least, a near-miss when driving in winter. Though you may be driving as safely and cautiously as the conditions demand, other motorists may not be. Even if they are, accidents can, and do, still happen.

    What should I do if I have a car accident in freezing weather?

    With this in mind, it’s important to consider what you ought to do should you suffer the misfortune of a car accident in freezing weather.

    1. Stay calm
      It may sound obvious, but this is often easier said than done. Panicked people make irrational decisions which could make things worse. This is particularly important if the accident was with another vehicle.
    2. Check for injuries
      Even if you don’t feel like anything serious has happened, you can never be too careful. Also, be aware that some injury symptoms may not appear until later on. This is due to shock and heightened adrenaline levels.
    3. Call vehicle recovery
      It’s extremely unlikely that, following an accident on the road, you will simply be able to drive away. The fact is you don’t know what damage may have been done to your car so it’s important to get it checked out, especially if you had a car accident in freezing weather when driving is more precarious than normal.
    4. Whilst waiting for rescue, it’s essential that you stay warm, stay safe and stay visible. If possible, move your car off the road. To prepare for this, it’s always worth having spare blankets and extra layers in your car. After all, you can never be too prepared.
    5. Finally, if your car accident in freezing weather occurred because of the reckless driving of another motorist, remember that you may be due road traffic injury compensation.

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    Date Published: February 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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