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What to do if you're involved in a wreck

Posted February 17, 2015

— Sheets of ice on area roads mean an increased chance of being involved in a car wreck.

So, what should you do if you're involved in a wreck? Here's some advice:

If you are in a wreck involving other drivers, under North Carolina law, move your vehicle to the shoulder, turn on your flashers, get a safe distance away and call 911.  

Also, under state law, you are legally required to call police if damage is estimated to be more than $1,000. Experts say you should call anyway to protect yourself in case the drivers of other vehicles involved decide to change their stories.

Take photos with your smartphone of the interiors and exteriors of the vehicles involved.

If you have to abandon your car, and it is towed, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has a website for vehicle owners to search for towed vehicles.

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  • Rick Price Feb 18, 2015
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    Monica , you might want to read the General Statue . Towing companies only respond to tow a vehicle that has been wrecked if called by Police. It is NOT the Tow companies responsibility to notify the OWNER in 24 hours . The tow company must file with NC DMV after 10 days . Thank you for the great job you do , but this story is NOT correct.