What to Do When Winter Driving Turns to Winter Waiting For a Tow

Collisions will occur this winter; here are some things law enforcement will expect you to do if you are involved in a collision.

  • If the collision is minor in nature and the vehicles are drivable; move them to the shoulder of the roadway to clear the traffic lane. Be sure it’s a safe location away from places such as the outside of a curve or the bottom of a hill where other drivers may experience difficulties.
  • If the collision is more serious in nature or the vehicles are not drivable, stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt fastened for safety.
  • Report the location of the collision and the nature of the injuries to law enforcement by calling 911.
  • Exchange basic information; such as your name, address, phone number, vehicle description and license number and insurance information with the other driver if it is safe to do so.
  • When law enforcement arrives, provide them your driver’s license, phone number, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a detailed statement as to the events of the collision.
  • If the collision is not investigated by law enforcement, then it is your responsibility to complete a civilian collision report if the damage to your vehicle or the other vehicle involved is $750 or more. The civilian collision report is usually available at your local law enforcement offices or any Washington State Patrol office.