For residents of Colorado, winter brings snowflakes, skiing…and safety issues for local drivers.From 7:50 p.m. on Dec. 4 to 10:50 p.m. on Dec. 5, the Colorado Springs Police Department was on Accident Alert status.
When the department is under this alert, drivers should be aware that even if they are involved in a minor traffic accident, the drivers should exchange information and follow procedure for a “counter cold report,” the special report Springs police use during Accident Alert status.
This should occur even if that accident has no fatalities or injuries that require medical attention, no driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and there has been no damage to public property.
To pick up a traffic accident report, visit your local police department substation or visit springsgov.com. From there, go to the CSPD homepage and click Forms and Documents, then select Counter Reporting.
In hazardous cold weather conditions that bring ice, sleet and snow, drivers should use extra caution to avoid traffic accidents.
Some directives to follow in the event of dangerous cold weather include:
- Check road and travel conditions before getting on the road.
- Don’t rush – allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
- Travel at a safe speed for the conditions, even if it’s significantly under the speed limit.
- Leave a larger following distance than usual between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
- Use safer streets and roadways in dangerous conditions.
- Street conditions may change hourly, so stay tuned to local radio and listen to the advice of your friends and coworkers.
Insurance companies may be hesitant to award you all the money you deserve for an auto accident that occurs in the winter because they may not understand just how unsafe the roads are in Colorado this time of year. If you do find yourself in an auto accident that results in damage to your car or personal injuries, talk to an attorney before you call your insurance company.
Brothers Gordon and Barkley Heuser began their personal injury law practice in 1985, and they understand what it’s like to be a Colorado driver – they were raised in Colorado Springs.
So accident victims in the Southern Colorado, Alamosa, Pueblo and Trinidad area can rest easy knowing Heuser & Heuser are on their case, and they’ll fight the insurance companies to make sure you get every dollar you deserve. Let them handle the paperwork and minutiae – “what we want you to do is take care of yourself. Follow through with what your doctors say because we want you to get your life back,” says Gordon. For more information, call 1-800-370-5150 or visit askgordonnow.com.