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.