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What should you do after a fender bender in snowy weather?

Snow and slick roads in Tooele on Monday evening. The Utah Highway Patrol has answers about what to do if you have a minor car accident on the freeway during a snowstorm.

Snow and slick roads in Tooele on Monday evening. The Utah Highway Patrol has answers about what to do if you have a minor car accident on the freeway during a snowstorm. (Derek Petersen, KSL-TV)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Do you get out of the car? Do you move the car? How do you do that safely? And what about calling the police? There are a lot of questions to answer and answer quickly if you have a minor car accident on the freeway during a snowstorm.

The Utah Highway Patrol says that in all cases safety is the main priority.

"We want people to get into as safe a position as possible," said Sgt. Cameron Roden. Usually means getting your vehicle out of the flow of traffic, Roden said.

"Especially if (the car) is blocking lanes," Roden said.

Where you take your car is also a part of the safety equation. Roden said that, if possible, drivers involved in an accident on the freeway should travel to the next off-ramp.

"Actually we would encourage drivers to actually move to an off-ramp, a safe place like that, and then call law enforcement," Roden said.

"That way we're responding to a safe place for them; (the drivers are) in a better spot (where) we're not causing any secondary collisions."

And it's OK, Roden said, if that next off-ramp is a couple of miles away.

Roden noted several crashes this year alone where people had gotten out of their vehicles after a crash on a Utah freeway, only to be hit by passing traffic.

Other safety reminders for winter driving offered by the Utah Department of Safety include slowing down, buckling up, watching for black ice, and being aware that bridges become icy quickly.

Listen to Sgt. Roden on KSL NewsRadio's Dave and Dujanovic podcast, below.

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Simone Seikaly
Simone Seikaly is a veteran reporter, anchor and producer at KSL NewsRadio, but these days, she's best known as a digital content producer for KSLNewsradio.com.

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