By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – The first snowstorm has passed, but its aftermath is still causing headaches for some drivers who were involved in accidents because of it. A local auto repair shop said Friday that in addition to finishing up repairs from the hail storm back in April, it is now gladly taking on repairs from the incoming winter.
"There were a lot of accidents yesterday," Bob Duermyer said. "It seems like the bridges were the worst—most troublesome spots yesterday.
The shop manager of Dingman's Collision Center near 144th and L streets said potential customers called the shop all day Friday.
"They're arranging towing, they're arranging appointment schedules to get an estimate."
On average day, Duermyer said Dingman's writes 15 to 20 estimates, but Friday that number was more than 20.
This was nothing he and his team of repair technicians didn't expect.
"It's always the first storm of the year that catches people by surprise. They tend to forget about what it's like to drive in those kinds of conditions."
There were so many accidents on Thursday that Omaha Police Department stopped reporting them from 1 to 5 p.m. There is still no concrete number of how many cars were damaged.
A woman who dented her car dropped it off at Dingman's Friday. Besides paying close to $200 for a new tire and paying to fix the dent, Duermyer said her entire estimate could exceed $1,500.
"If there's hidden damage behind there that we cannot see, then those charges will soon follow after their car is in and tore down."
Though he was glad for the business, he advised people to be careful driving on the roads.
"Ice doesn't care if you've got four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive. It's going to be slick. And—just be careful."
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