Winter car accidents in Michigan can be particularly dangerous compared to accidents in other times of the year because of the additional elements of cold and snow. These factors can create dangers for both injury victims and uninjured drivers and passengers that they would not experience in warmer weather.
In the winter there are additional steps drivers and passengers should take both in preparation in case of an accident and after an accident has occurred to ensure the safety of everyone involved. While Michigan no-fault insurance should cover treatment of injuries for everyone involved in a Michigan accident, no one wants to endure worse injuries than necessary. Taking the precautions outlined in this article by the Detroit auto accident attorneys at Sachs Waldman P.C. should help you avoid unnecessary injuries or complications should you be involved in a Michigan car accident in winter.
Throughout the year it’s always a good idea to keep your car equipped with a first-aid kit, flashlight and cell phone with a well-charged battery in case of an accident. In winter months drivers should keep some additional supplies in the car to help cope with the cold and wet and situations in which help may not arrive immediately. This is especially true when travelling open stretches of highways and rural roads where police and medical crews may have to travel to reach you and shelter may not be easy to reach.
Additional items to keep in your car in case of winter car accidents in Michigan include wool blankets, plastic tarps, rubber boots or overshoes, and extra gloves and hats. It’s also good to have some bottled water and granola bars, beef jerky or some other food that is safe to keep stored for long periods in case your accident leaves you stranded along the road. It can also be a good idea to equip your car with several of the chemical-based warming packets used by hunters in case your car’s engine and/or heater is not operable after an accident. An electric heater that can be plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter or run directly from the car battery may also be a good idea. Cold complicates injuries, can increase a person’s risk for shock, and lead to frostbite or similar injuries.
If you have a winter car accident in Michigan, your primary concern is safety. That means making sure help is on the way, attending to wounds if possible, and making sure everyone in your car is warm and dry and out of danger. The following steps are good to follow.
If it is not safe to remain in the car, find a nearby location where it is dry and people can be sheltered from wind and snow or rain. A plastic tarp can provide some shelter if you have one and blankets and extra coats should be used to keep everyone, especially injury victims warm. Don’t let people with inappropriate footwear walk around in snow or wet ground unnecessarily. Wet feet get cold fast and can lead to frost bite.
Taking these precautions and safety steps will drastically reduce unnecessary injuries and improve survivability for anyone involved in winter car accidents in Michigan. If you do end up in a winter car accident in Michigan and get injured, the Detroit personal injury firm of Sachs Waldman, P.C., can fight for you and help you obtain the insurance benefits and compensation for damages that you’re entitled to. We have nearly four decades of experience handling personal injury cases resulting from winter auto accidents in Michigan. Call our Detroit personal injury attorneys’ office at 1-800-638-6722 to schedule a free consultation.