During the winter season, auto accidents skyrocket due to unsafe road conditions and negligent motorists. Motorists are legally required to operate their vehicles safely and properly. This means that when there is inclement weather, motorists are required to modify their driving techniques to reflect weather conditions. If a motorist fails to adapt their driving to weather conditions, they will be responsible for damages as their negligent actions caused the accident to occur. It is critical for motorists to maintain their vehicle if they plan on driving when there is inclement winter weather such as snow and ice. Snow and ice can play a huge part in the cause of an accident as they can cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured due to a winter driving hazard, contact one of our adept and skilled Washington, D.C. Auto Accident Lawyers who can help you recover appropriate compensation for your damages.
What winter driving hazards should motorist be aware of to prevent weather-related auto accidents?
Firstly, when there are inclement weather conditions, motorists should stay off the roads. This can be understandably difficult as individuals may have important obligations they must attend to. However, safety should always come first. If possible, individuals should refrain from driving to avoid a weather-related accident. However, if an individual has to drive, they must consider certain winter driving hazards when driving. The following factors should be taken into consideration by motorist:
- Ice and snow on the road
- Car battery failure
- Low tire pressure and reduced traction
- Lack of visibility
- Clear snow and ice off the vehicle before driving
- Distance between vehicles
- Speed (motorists should be traveling well below the posted speed limit)
- Brake and accelerate in a timely manner
- Turning (motorist should turn carefully)
- Driving with the hazard lights on
- Maintaining the vehicle
Drivers should consider the above should all be taken into consideration to prepare motorist for winter driving hazards. Black ice is one of the most dangerous driving hazards as it is usually undetectable and causes motorists to lose control of their vehicle as they spin out. As a result of black ice, vehicle spin uncontrollably. This results in accidents and injuries. Winter weather conditions such as snow, wind, hail, and rain can reduce visibility which restricts motorists from seeing other motorists or pedestrians on the road. That is why it is critical for motorists to drive with their hazard lights on when there is inclement weather. Additionally, motorists must adjust their speed accordingly to weather conditions as well as keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. Winter driving hazards such as ice and rain can cause motorists to hydroplane. Hydroplaning is incredibly dangerous as the tires lose grip on the road. As a result, motorist may lose control and cannot brake. Ultimately, motorists must adapt and modify their driving to avoid winter driving hazards.
If you or someone you loves has been in an auto accident due to a winter driving hazard, contact one of our experienced and knowledgeable team members. We are ready to help you today.