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Driving on icy roads? Here's what to do if you're involved in a crash

Posted January 4, 2018 2:39 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:40 p.m. EDT

Refreezing expected on roadways Thursday night could mean more trouble on the roadway in coming days , but taking the right steps after a car crash can eliminate stress.

If you’re involved in a wreck, there are some important things to keep in mind:

  • State law requires drivers to move their vehicles to the shoulder and turn on their emergency flashers before dialing 911.
  • Drivers are also required by law to call police if damage to vehicles involved in the crash is more than $1,000, which is often the case, even with fender-benders.
  • Be sure to take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved in the wreck and of anything that can show what happened. Experts advise motorists to take notes, too.
  • Get the names, addresses, telephone numbers and driver's license numbers of all drivers and of any witnesses who stop to offer help after a crash and of any law enforcement officer who responds
  • If a driver needs to abandon their car and it gets towed, the North Carolina Highway Patrol lets drivers search online for towed vehicles by owner name, license plate or VIN.
  • Ask your insurance company about coverage for a rental vehicle if your car is not drivable. Save all receipts and bills, including those from renting a car or having your car towed and/or stowed.