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Winter Motor Vehicle Accidents in Iowa

The Christmas lights might have been hung with great care, but it doesn’t mean all is merry and bright. How often have we been driving in the middle of winter and thought to ourselves, “Wow! That was a close one!” Winter is the season of close calls and far too often, those close calls lead to calls to Des Moines Injury Law.

In this article, we are going to spend some time discussing how to prepare for winter driving, what to do in the event of an accident, and how to recover the greatest settlement for your injuries.  So what do you do if you are in an accident this holiday season?

First, prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  Put extra weight in your trunk to prevent fishtailing and to add much needed traction.  Bags of ice melt and salt placed over the rear wheels can add 20-50 pounds upon each wheel to help your car keep grip of the road.  

Second, have your ICE ready—not for a cold drink!  ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency”.  Below is an example of an ICE card to keep in your wallet and glove compartment.  Fill it out and refer to it if you are injured by someone. 

Third, if you are injured by someone in an accident, immediately call the authorities and follow the instructions of all medical personnel.  They are the experts, so it is important to listen to them!  Provide all necessary information to police that appear on site.

Lastly, contact the experts at to help you understand your insurance and how the recovery process works.  The state of Iowa has a complicated system and one of the shortest Statutes of Limitations in the United States.  It is important that you contact, as soon as possible, to avoid losing out on a significant recovery.

So, to recap:

  1. PREPARE for bad weather
  2. FILL OUT the In Case of Emergency Card (below)
  3. PRINT your new In Case of emergency Card
  4. PLACE your In Case of Emergency Card in your wallet AND your glove compartment!
  5. ALWAYS follow the recommendations of emergency personnel