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Crashed? Here's what to do next

Bad weather happens often in winter, and 2018 won't be any different. Cars slide on ice, trucks barrel through traffic when drivers can't see and others get into crashes moving too fast for the weather conditions.

When you're involved in a car accident, there are many things you need to think about. While your priority has to be your health and the health of others, if no one is badly hurt, other things may have to happen to help you make a claim against the other party. Here are a few things to remember about getting into a crash.

Clear the roads

If you are in a collision, you need to take care of yourself. Call for help immediately, and then try to move your vehicle. Clearing the roads helps prevent further crashes by eliminating roadway hazards.

Understand bad weather

Colorado has bad weather often, so snow and ice isn't a good reason to get into a crash. Educate yourself on the weather before you go out. If you do crash, take note of whether or not the other driver has the right tires or if he or she was speeding.

Collect information

If you're stuck at the scene and waiting for help, consider taking photos of the damage, the other party's license plate number and other information. If others are hurt, your priority should be to treat them when possible. If they're not hurt, exchange information including your insurance information. This makes it easier to get in touch with the other party and his or her insurance carrier.

These are a few things to do after a crash. Once you collect documents related to the crash, your attorney can help you begin your claim.

Source: Western Slope Now, "What To Do When Involved in an Accident," Tyler Young, Dec. 20, 2017

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