How to Survive a Washington Winter Car AccidentWinter is the peak season for weather-related car accidents nationwide. Whether you’re staying in Seattle this holiday season or planning to head across the United States to visit family and friends, here are several ways you can keep yourself and your passengers safer if the unexpected happens:
- Prepare your vehicle. Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, check your belts, hoses, seals and tires, and pack an emergency winter preparedness kit in your vehicle.
- Help others find you. Tell a trusted friend or family member where you’re going and what route you’ll take. In an emergency, this information will help first responders find your vehicle
- Make yourself visible. If you get stuck, tie a bright flag or piece of fabric to your car antenna or hang it out the window. Turn on the vehicle’s dome light to make it easier for others to see. If there is oncoming traffic, use your vehicle’s flashers, along with emergency road flares or reflectors, to make your vehicle easier to see.
- Don’t wear yourself out. It is often safer to stay with your vehicle in a storm than to walk away from it in search of help or shelter. Unless shelter is within sight, stay with your car. While digging snow or pushing your vehicle, conserve your strength; working too hard can make you sweat, which dampens your clothes and makes you more likely to suffer hypothermia.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our experienced Seattle personal injury lawyers can help you protect your legal rights after a car accident. Contact us (888) 228-3860 if you have any questions.