Receiving the Help You Need After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries throughout the US. At Merckling Family Chiropractic, we offer a wide range of services, ensuring you receive the best care and support in the aftermath of a car accident.

While motor vehicle accidents occur year-round, there is a spike in car crashes during winter due to potentially hazardous road conditions. This article provides preventative measures to help keep you safe when driving in winter weather, along with steps to take for those who have the misfortune of getting injured in a car accident.

Driving in Winter Weather

The Basics

Slow down. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. In fact, in 2020, there were an estimated 119,000 police- reported crashes that occurred in wintry conditions. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.

Don’t crowd a snow plow or travel beside the truck. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay far enough behind it and use caution if you pass the plow.

What to Do in an Emergency

If you are stopped or stalled in wintry weather, stay focused on yourself and your passengers, your car, and your surroundings.

  • Stay with your car and don’t overexert yourself.
  • Let your car be seen. Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light on.
  • Be mindful of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of any snow and run your car only sporadically — just long enough to stay warm. Don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.

US Department of Transportation

woman driving car in winter weather

Stock Your Vehicle

Carry items in your vehicle to handle common winter driving-related tasks, and supplies you might need in an emergency, including:


  • a snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper;
  • abrasive material (sand or kitty litter), in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow;
  • jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices (flares and emergency markers);
  • blankets for protection from the cold; and
  • a cell phone and charger, water, food, and any necessary medicine
doctor looking at spinal x-ray

Providing a Helping Hand

At Merckling Family Chiropractic, our office does complete assessments post-accident, including in-office digital x-rays when necessary. Additionally, we can perform electrodiagnostic nerve testing on premises for any suspected nerve damage. Because of our active involvement in the community, we have relationships with a valuable network of professionals, enabling us to provide:

  • Immediate referrals for MRIs or advanced imaging as needed for proper diagnosis and treatment program
  • Referrals to appropriate medical specialists for additional accident-related treatment, such as mild traumatic brain injuries and post-concussion syndromes
  • Assistance with local personal injury attorneys to expedite your case
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