Weather patterns can be incredibly unpredictable. Recently, it seems as though even the warmest of climates stand to face snowstorms of catastrophic proportions. Areas that regularly experience colder climates have better systems in place to manage snowy driving conditions. Warmer areas, are less equipped, causing entire cities to shut down for days on end. Despite these factors, even the most experienced and savvy drivers can experience an accident on a slick and snow covered road.
Unfortunately, driving in snowy conditions can pose additional hazards on the road. Making the occurrence of an accident far more likely. To help reduce the likelihood of an accident, it’s important to have some understanding of how to manage a vehicle in snowy weather. If you have been victim to a car accident where snow or ice played a role, it’s best to speak with a personal injury lawyer Miami, FL for help in proving your case.
Driving in a Snowstorm
Whether you have never driven in snow before or, it’s a regular part of your winter commute, it’s important to carefully adjust your driving. Not only is this crucial for the safety of yourself but also others on the road. Adhering to these tips can help to protect and even prevent the occurrence of an accident:
- Whenever possible, stay home. Especially when road conditions are extremely unsafe.
- Even though the speed limit may say 45mph, this should be adjusted in snow and ice. Driving too fast can cause a driver to quickly lose control of their vehicle.
- Give yourself some momentum when driving up hill. This can provide you with the traction you require. However, be sure to slow yourself down before you reach the top.
- Give yourself plenty of time to brake. If possible, try to avoid slamming on your brakes. This could cause you to slide into another vehicle, or spin out of control.
- Give yourself plenty of space between your vehicle and cars around you.
- Avoid traveling long distances in snowstorms.
- Make sure your car is equipped with an emergency kit, cell phone and extra blankets should you find yourself stranded.
- Make sure that your car is prepared to endure snow covered roads.
While it’s always best to avoid traveling in poor road conditions, if you must do so, taking your time and adhering to the above tips may help to prevent an accident.
When Weather is a Factor
If you have been victim of a car accident that occurred in snowy weather, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney. You may be worried that the driver who lost control will blame the weather. Despite this, a driver still has the responsibility to maintain control of their vehicle. The other driver may be held liable if:
- They failed to keep their vehicle in proper working order
- They were tailgating
- They were driving too fast
- They were driving recklessly
Whether your accident occurred during a snowstorm or in perfectly normal driving conditions, when another person has been negligent, they may be held liable. For a successful outcome in a car accident case, your attorney will work to prove:
- Duty of Care
- Breach of Duty of Care
- The Breach Caused the Accident
- You Suffered Injuries or Damages
Were you the victim of an accident caused by another driver? Are they claiming the weather played a factor in the accident? If this is the case, it’s best to consult with an attorney, especially when you are facing injuries and other losses as a result.
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