A motor vehicle accident can happen at any time of the year. During the winter months, you have more obstacles to contend with. If you aren’t aware of your surroundings, if you don’t pay attention to the weather, you may increase your chance of being involved in an accident.
Here are three of the most common dangers associated with winter driving:
- Snow and ice. When the snow begins to fall and the ice begins to accumulate, you don’t want to find yourself spending too much time on the road.
If you must drive in these conditions, don’t take the same approach as you would on a warm summer day. You need to slow down, drive with caution, and watch every move that other drivers are making.
- Poor vision. Snow and rain can cause you to lose sight of the road. Subsequently, you aren’t able to see what is going on around you.
The best way to protect against this danger is to slow to a crawl. If you can’t see where you are going, if you don’t know what is ahead, you need to creep along.
- Breakdown on the side of the road. Cold weather has a way of wreaking havoc on automobiles. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, here is a bit of advice: don’t get out of your vehicle until help arrives. If you do, such as on a highway, a passing vehicle could hit you. You may be tempted to get out and assess the situation, but fight the urge if you will be putting yourself in harm’s way.
Winter weather will move into the area soon enough. When this happens, you don’t have to avoid the roadways altogether. However, you do need to drive with caution.
If you are injured in a winter driving accident, contact us to learn more about your legal rights.