Snow days in Texas are as rare as a roadrunner being chased by a coyote. Cartoon shenanigans aside, the cold weather allowed us all to experience powdery snow and icy roads that cities along the East Coast are still reeling from. It was a proverbial winter wonderland, with snow stacking up to 3 inches in some locations around the metroplex last week. With more sleet in the forecast, Dallas/Ft. Worth is bracing for another round of treacherous road-ways.
While it’s fun to have a day off from the real world, we don’t typically stop and think about the questions and consequences of the snow days. More importantly, what do I do if I’m in a car wreck caused by the snow and ice?
Looking at the number of collision reports from Monday evening Feb 23rd through the 24th in Dallas alone, it is staggering to see how many vehicles were involved in ice accidents. A semi-truck dangled off of I-45 for over 24 hours before it was moved and the road became passable again. It’s a frightening reality if you lose control of your vehicle or you are hit by another driver due to the bad weather. What do you do? How do you handle the situation?
Here are a few tips to help you stay safe in the storm:
Got a court date? Check the courts website or call their general information lines. Some courts will run on a shorter schedule or be closed entirely. If you have bail through Cowboy Bail Bonds, give us a call at 214-7417600. We can assist you with court date notifications and rescheduling for weather disruptions.
Check your wiper blades after ice buildup. Ice can damage older blades, which in turn can scratch your windshield. They may need to be replaced
Keep a pen and paper in your car at all times. If you need to abandon your vehicle for some reason, write down your name, address, phone number, and destination and place it on the dashboard. It helps emergency crews locate you much sooner than it would run your license plate.
If you need to call a lawyer, wait until after you’re safe and out of the cold weather. Traffic accidents happen. What’s important is your well being first before seeking legal action.
Stay warm and be safe out there!
Disclaimer: This article is offered only for general informational and educational purposes. It is not offered as and do not constitute legal advice or legal opinions.