Motor Vehicle Accidents Caused by Winter Weather

Winter weather can make driving dangerous, and motor vehicle accidents are more common during this time of year. Snow, ice, and fog can reduce visibility and make it difficult to control your vehicle. Additionally, many drivers are not used to driving in winter conditions and may not be prepared for the challenges they present.  The dangers are compounded when driving in the mountains as conditions can change quickly and without warning.

Here are some tips on how to avoid motor vehicle accidents caused by winter weather:

  • Slow down. It takes longer to stop on snow and ice, so it’s important to slow down and give yourself more time to react.
  • Leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. This will give you more room to stop if the car in front of you brakes suddenly.
  • Use caution when turning and braking. Avoid sudden movements, as this can cause your vehicle to skid.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for black ice, which can be difficult to see. Also, be aware of pedestrians and other drivers who may not be driving as safely as you are.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by winter weather, here is what to do:

  • Stay calm and check for injuries. If you or anyone else is injured, call 911 immediately.
  • Move your vehicle to a safe location if possible. If you cannot move your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights and wait for help to arrive.
  • Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information.
  • File a police report. This will help to create a record of the accident and may be necessary for your insurance claim.

Winter weather can make driving dangerous, but by following these tips, you can help to reduce your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Here are some additional things you can do to help keep safe in winter weather:  Maintain your vehicle properly. Make sure your tires have good tread and that your brakes and other important systems are in good working order.  Keep your gas tank full. This will help to prevent you from running out of gas if you get stuck in traffic.  Have a winter emergency kit in your car. This kit should include items such as blankets, food, water, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. By following these tips, you can help to stay safe on the road during the winter months.

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the attorneys at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC for a free consolation.

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