The snow storm which ripped through New Jersey in the beginning of this year may have left us with some sore backs from shoveling, but NJ fared better than anticipated. According to the latest data from the New Jersey State Police, only 250 accidents were reported on our interstates and highways. Considering the police fielded almost 1,000 calls from motorists, this number is exceptionally low.
The NJ Office of Emergency Management has a few recommendations for staying safe on the roads during a snow storm:
- Winterize your car before the storm. Make sure you have anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid, and fill your gas tank and your tires.
- Stay off the roads when possible. If you must drive, make sure you and your passengers are wearing your seat belts, and drive slowly.
- Call 511. NJDOT offers a service which allows you to check the road conditions before you go anywhere.
If you become stranded in a snow bank, or get into a car accident – alone or with another car – call for help on your cell phone. If you’re on a busy roadway, it’s best to stay in the car, even if your first instinct is to inspect the damage to your car. By remaining in the car, you’re protected from potential injuries caused by other drivers who may slide or crash into your car. By putting the safety and security of you and your loved ones first, you can minimize the damages to your car – and the chance of injury to yourself.
If you were in a serious car accident while driving in the snow, contact our New Jersey car accident lawyers at Garland & Mason, L.L.C. today at (732) 358-2028.