What to do if you're in an accident

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A slew of accidents around the Tri-State on Thursday had drivers asking themselves, "What do I do now?"

FOX19 talked to troopers patrolling the highways and an agent who insures drivers. They both offer some tips on how you should handle the moments after getting into an accident, big or small.

This time of year, an uptick in accidents is expected.

First and foremost, make sure everyone is safe.

"This time of year with this kind of inclement weather, winter weather that comes in, we do have an increased number of calls," said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy with the Ohio State Highway Patrol

With that rise in calls, police end up stretched thin from time-to-time. During times like these, they have to prioritize calls. While you wait for them to get to you, what can you do?

"We suggest drivers contact one another. Get out, if possible, if it's in a safe area, check on injuries and notify us," added Pearcy.

But, that's not all.

Stressing safety, insurance agents suggest getting more than just your typical policy and insurance information.

"It might be a good thing to get the license plate number, as well as, if you can, take pictures of the cars where they are when the accident happened," said Mike Daley with AAA.

If you've been on interstates throughout the Tri-State, there's no shortage of construction, especially along I-75. With that construction, it makes pulling off to the side of a road a lot harder after an accident.

"If you are in an unsafe area, and you're able to move from that area to a safer location, we suggest you do so," Pearcy told FOX19.

How responders handle your needs is different from agency to agency. However, there's always one thing that stays the same no matter the situation.

"Make sure that everybody is safe. That's the most important thing," said Daley.

AAA agents tell FOX19 that, locally, roadside assistance calls were four times the norm for January during the last snowfall.

If you're out and about on the roads and see a disabled vehicle, or another crash, the Ohio State Highway Patrol encourages you to call their #677 number to report it.

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