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6 Tips on Handling Car Accidents in the Snow

Chicago winters are brutal, especially in January and February. Not only does the beginning of the year bring ultra-low temperatures, but intense precipitation, too. We don’t always have consistently heavy snow and icy roads, but when it comes this way, it hits hard.

In light of this moment of reflection on Chicago’s winter weather, here are some tips about handling car accidents in the snow.

Chicago Winter Car Accident in the Snow Safety Tips

What To Do at the Scene of a Car Accident in Winter

The most important thing to do is stay calm and be mindful of the situation. As long as you are thinking clearly, you’ll be able to follow these tips and handle them like a pro.

Drive to Safety

If you can safely move the vehicle away from traffic, do so. This could be a nearby parking lot, driveway, or any clearing where you will be safe from oncoming cars.

Tread Lightly

If you can safely get out of the vehicle, do so with extreme caution. Black ice is often invisible under snow, so when you step out, be careful.

Report Injuries

If you are injured and need assistance, call 911 for help. Take pictures and document your injuries, even if they don’t seem serious at the time. It’s common for symptoms to present a day or two after the event occurs.

Call the Police

Having a police report will help immensely if the case ends up in court. We highly recommend having the police officially document the accident as a trusted impartial third party.

Preparing for Winter Accidents

Treat your upcoming drive the way you would a flight. Look for bad weather conditions and check the forecast for the day. If the authorities are asking people to stay home due to snow, ice, and dangerous conditions, do so. If you must go out in bad winter weather, be armed with the supplies you may need to survive.

Stay Safe

  • Utility knife
  • Spare phone charger

Stay Warm

  • Snow boots
  • Heavy winter coat
  • Extra socks for layering
  • Spare gloves
  • Towels to dry off
  • Heavy blanket
  • Disposable hand warmers
  • Emergency mylar blankets

Stay Hydrated

  • Thermos of hot liquid
  • Bottled water

Take Photos of Damage

If it is safe to do so, carefully photograph any damage to the vehicle. This will be helpful in court if you have to prove property damage.

Call Your Lawyer

Return to the warmth and safety of your vehicle, and call your personal injury attorney for further instructions on what to do.

If you are in need of a car accident lawyer, call the experienced attorneys at Zimmerman Law Office. We have the expertise needed to help you when you need us most.


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