If you are reading this post and live in Poughkeepsie, New York and or
travel throughout New York State and or through the greater northeast,
you have a very real probability for being involved in a snow and ice
Experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys have seen the tragic consequences of a winter weather motor vehicle accident
far too many times. Often times, accident victims are confused about what
happened and over what they should do from the moment the accident occurs.
Armed with the knowledge that every motorist in Poughkeepsie is at risk
of being involved in a
snow and ice car accident, motorists should be prepared. Have insurance and vehicle registration
information at the ready in case an accident occurs. Also have an accident
preparedness kit in the vehicle. Such should include flares, blankets,
flash lights, hand/feet warmers, and even prepackaged food such as power bars.
While the first thing an accident victim may want to do is get out of the
car, wait until checking oneself for injuries. If possible, move the car
out of the roadway if positioned there. But certainly, never leave the
accident scene until receiving the other motorist’s insurance and
vehicle information. It is also best to wait until the police and other
first responders have made it to the scene.
After dialing 911 and while waiting for first responders to arrive, take
note of your person and of your passenger’s physical conditions.
Also survey your vehicle to take an account of the damage. Since you will
have a cell phone that most likely came equipped with a camera, take photos
of yourself, other vehicle occupants, the vehicle inside and out, and
do the same for the surrounding areas.
Also, take a record of your impressions about the drivers from all cars
involved in the
motor vehicle accident. Write your impressions down on paper. Take notes of the road conditions
as well. While another motorist could have been the cause of the accident,
the crash can involve only one vehicle. The condition of the road may
have been negligently maintained and or constructed, placing those entities
in charge of such with the possibility of civil liability for your injuries
As soon as possible after the accident, contact your insurer to report
the accident and most certainlycontact an attorney for advice.
For more safety tips, look at some of our other articles and blog posts.
Read an overview of safety tips, statistics, liability, and advice in
our article on snow and ice car accidents
available here. Learn about snow and ice car accidents and statistics in
our blog post available here. For safe driving tips in the snow,
click here. Review some shocking car accident statistics due to snow and ice in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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