As the temperature begins to drop this winter, you will want to watch out for any and all road hazards that could mean accident and injury for you. Winter road hazards can result in severe accidents. On the East Coast, winter weather shows up most frequently beginning in late January all the way through to early March. During these months it is important to stay diligent and take extra care while driving. According to a recent news media study, icy road conditions are responsible for at least 477 fatalities during the 2008-2009 winter season, and another 458 during the 2009-2010 season. Don’t let winter weather cause problems for you this winter. Follow some of these icy road condition safety tips to prevent accident or injury.
Winter Weather Safety Tips
- Drive slow: Driving at high speeds is incredibly dangerous in icy conditions. If you are going too fast and you hit a patch of ice, you could spin your car out of control.
- Avoid icy roads if possible: If you know of certain roads in your town that are prone to developing ice patches, avoid them during wintery conditions. There is always an alternate route.
- Don’t slam on your brakes: Slamming on your brakes is one of the worst things you can do when driving over ice or snow. You can lose control of the car and begin to slide.
- Avoid hilly areas or slopes: If your car cannot make it up a slope you may slide backwards, or end up stuck in one spot. If you go down and have to hit your brakes for any reason, you will find yourself sliding downhill.
- Turn into the slide: If your car spins out of control and begins to slide, be sure to turn into the slide to try to correct. This is a tough driving technique to master, but it can help in a dire situation.
Injured in an Accident This Winter?
Possibly the most important thing to remember when driving through wintery conditions is that not every driver on the road is going to be as careful as you. Even in the most harsh road conditions, you must still share the road with other drivers. Even if you are doing your best and following all the safety guidelines for wintery conditions, not every other driver will be doing the same. Remember, when the roads are slick with ice, the reasonable expectations of safety change as well. The posted speed limit may no longer be a reasonable speed. A “one car length” minimum following distance rule of thumb may not be considered safe if the roads are dangerous. These and other actions normally considered “safe” may not qualify as such if the roads themselves are unsafe.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and you think there is a possibly that the other driver was not operating his or her vehicle in a proper, safe manner, you may be entitled to receive compenstaion for your injuries. Please contact our law offices today for a free consultation.
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