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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 00:01

Amarillo, TX, Body Shops See Increase in Winter Weather-Related Accidents

Written by Morgan Burrell, KVII


The slush left on roadways the morning of Dec. 29 was expected to freeze again overnight and create a slippery mess.


Recent winter weather might have affected the number of crashes in the Amarillo, TX, area and made for dangerous driving conditions.


There were nearly 150 wrecks in Amarillo from midnight Thursday, Dec. 27, until 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29.


The Amarillo Police said that is a lot more than the amount that took place during that same time in 2017, when they only worked 64 wrecks.


While unfortunate for drivers, local body shops have been busy and hard at work.


"So this one actually hit another car, and you see the result of it---suspension damage," said Kenny Purkey, body shop manager at AutoNation.


Purkey said he has seen a lot of cars towed to his body shop lately.


"As of today, it'll be 13," said Purkey. "At this time, that's very little because a lot of people don't turn them in immediately. They try to figure out if they want to pay for it out of pocket or have insurance cover it."


Terence Bernard, owner of Bernard's Advanced Collision Body Shop, said he has seen a lot more traffic at his shop too.


"Right now, the winter time is typically slow, but these winter events do cause a spike in business," said Bernard.


More traffic means each shop will have more work.


"So every dollar, we have to work hard for; every job that comes in, we have to account for; every operation, we have to do," said Bernard.


Not everyone will bring their car into the shop after a minor slip and slide, but Purkey said skipping out on a simple check-up can be hazardous for the driver.


"There may be stuff that happens within the computer system that codes, and that affects the next accident or operation, and the list goes on and on," said Purkey.


It is an extra step that could prevent your car from getting into a winter weather accident in the future.


We thank KVII for reprint permission.

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