Memphis is in a frenzy today with ice on the street. Though in some parts of the town, you may not understand what all the commotion is about, it doesn’t mean that other parts of town don’t have ice.
If you’ve read the news this morning or scrolled down your Twitter feed, you most likely saw pictures of overturned cars, traffic accident reports and a lot of angry parents complaining to Shelby County School Board officials for not letting schools out (some parents used some pretty choice words.).
I shared a video with you earlier this week with some tips for driving in the snow and those tips apply to driving in the ice as well.
First and foremost, be sure your windshield is defrosted and clean. With random patches of ice in the street, you want to maintain maximum visibility while driving on the roads.
Also look out for the drivers around you. Though you may have your safety in your mind, other drivers may not.
This tip may seem like a given, but in the hustle and bustle a business day can bring, you may be in a hurry to get to work and forget that decreasing your speed to match the dangerous conditions of the road is important. I’m sure your boss would understand if you’re a few minutes late for work given the weather situation. After all, wouldn’t you be even later for work if your speeding results in a car accident?
According to the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) has put its inclement weather policy into effect. This means that if you’re involved in a less-serious accident, the other driver and you should just exchange information and report the crash to the MPD within 10 days. This is the result of 124 accidents, and counting, occurring since midnight Tuesday.
If you’re hurt in a car accident, first seek medical help. Then, if the accident wasn’t your fault, seek legal help.
The attorneys at Darrell Castle & Associates have handled Memphis car accident cases for over 30 years and we want to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Medical bills and insurance companies are inconvenient – we’ll work with them on your behalf.
If this is you, contact us today by filling out the “Get in Touch” form below or by calling us at (901) 327-1212, and one of our experienced Memphis personal injury attorneys will be ready to speak with you, free of charge.
I also encourage you to keep our car accident checklist handy in your car. The potential shock and pain of a car accident may cause you to forget the important things that need to take place at the scene of a wreck. This simple list will help you keep track of everything, including:
- what details to give the other driver
- what NOT to say
- how to gather additional evidence you may need
Please download this checklist, print it out and keep it in your car.
Stay safe out there, folks.