Many of us dread driving in the winter, and understandably so–snowy and icy roads can be a nightmare come true for many motorists. Fortunately, there are several precautions you may take to increase your chances of avoiding snow-related accidents. Please continue reading to learn more about how you can help ensure your safety, as well as the safety of others.
- Drive slow, and stay far back from other motorists. If the driver in front of you slams on his/her brakes, will you have time to stop? You must always stay several car lengths back from the driver in front of you, as snow can cause you to continue skidding even after you hit the brakes. Additionally, drive slowly and brake well ahead of time as you approach stop signs or traffic lights to ensure you do not continue skidding out into the road.
- Either use snow tires or ensure your tires have enough grip before driving in the winter season
- Do not hit the brakes if you are traveling uphill if the surface has snow or ice on it
- Ensure you have at least a half tank of gas at all times. If you are ever stuck in a storm, you will need enough gas to use for heat.
- Pack beforehand. A simple, yet potentially life-saving precaution you can take is packing for the worst-case scenario. Leave extra food, water bottles, extra coats, hats, gloves, flashlights, ice scrapers and more in your car at all times.
- Know when to pull off the road and wait/stay home altogether. When the roads are bad, strongly consider staying home, even if it means missing work. Missing work is far better than getting into an accident. If you are already out when a storm hits, stay calm and pull over if you have to.
Unfortunately, certain accidents are simply unavoidable. However, when you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, you should not have to suffer alone. Our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys have been helping the wrongfully injured recover the financial compensation they need to recuperate for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. That being said, you must act fast.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years, so you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against another party. Anyone who waits longer than three years will generally be denied their right to financial compensation. Do not let this happen. The sooner you bring your injuries to our firm’s attention, the better. We are here to help.
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