All across the United States, the winter of 2014 has been long, dreary, and inclement. Winter weather makes driving dangerous – icy conditions negatively affect handling, stability, and maneuverability. Blowing snow or freezing rain inhibits visibility. Inclement weather of any kind slows traffic as drivers have more to process and react to while driving.
But a recent study indicates that the real culprit in winter weather-related accidents is drivers who just don’t respect winter. Going too fast for the conditions – both the weather itself and the traffic conditions caused by weather – is the main cause of accidents in inclement weather.
Houston’s recent winter storm produced a tragic case in point, when one person died in a two-vehicle wreck that occurred during the morning of the storm. Although few details were available, some reports indicated one person was trapped in a vehicle after the collision.
Take winter seriously. Getting there a little faster will seem so insignificant if you kill or injure someone you love or a stranger – and you won’t get there at all if you die yourself. Follow some basic safety precautions to ensure safety on winter roads:
- Slow down – decreased speed always decreases the risk of accidents and injury.
- Change speed slowly – on icy or slick roads, slow down and speed up gradually.
- Stay back! – the more distance between you and the cars in front of you, the more time you’ll have to react.
- Winterize your vehicle – Use snow tires or chains.
Even if you take all the precautions, though, somebody else on the road may not. If you get into an accident this winter, the lawyers at Houston Accident Attorneys can help you negotiate with the insurance company and ensure your rights against an at-fault driver. Our experienced accident lawyers are available for free consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone or email. Get in touch with us today!