Whether you live in Indiana or Illinois, you’ve undoubtedly experienced the worst of the Midwest’s winter weather. And while bitterly cold temperatures, strong winds, and iced over windshields can make winter an unpleasant time of year to be outdoors, it can be even worse when you’re in your vehicle. That’s because winter weather poses serious hazards to drivers, especially when roadways are filled with snow and ice.
Driving between December and March means the constant threat of inclement weather conditions. If you’re like many drivers in this region, you own a car with certain features that make it safer to drive during the winter, such as all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, winter tires, and traction control. You may feel prepared for the worst that winter can bring, if you have years of experience driving in whiteout conditions. But even a brief moment of inattentiveness can result in a serious crash, especially when other drivers are less experienced or less cautious than you.
Overconfidence is one of the worst traits drivers can have when it comes to getting behind the wheel when winter weather strikes. Even drivers with decades of winter driving experience under their belts may underestimate the effects that ice—especially black ice—can have on their vehicles.
Reduced traction, increased stopping distance, and a complete loss of control are common when drivers fail to be cautious in inclement weather, and sometimes they occur even when all precautions are taken. To minimize your driving risks this winter, be sure to follow these safety tips:
In addition to following these tips, it’s important to remain cautious and alert even on roads that have been heavily treated for ice and snow. Proactive road crews can dramatically improve conditions for drivers, but they can’t beat Mother Nature. When snow and ice continue to accumulate, even the most powerful salt, brine, and chemical solutions lose their effectiveness, making roadways dangerous once again.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, it’s our job to help drivers get compensation after auto accidents that weren’t their fault. Whether your crash occurred on a bright summer day or during a blizzard, you can count on our team to investigate what happened, prove you weren’t at fault, and help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses.
While our focus never changes regardless of external circumstances, we know that weather can impact the way auto accident claims are be built, investigated, and pursued. Winter weather, especially snow and ice, can make it more difficult to assign blame to negligent drivers, as they may claim that they simply lost control of their vehicles.
However, our lawyers know the difference between uncontrollable and unforeseen forces of nature and simple negligence behind the wheel. And in many cases, accidents in even the most treacherous weather could have been avoided when other drivers simply took the necessary precautions and safety measures.
After you’ve been hurt in a winter driving accident that wasn’t your fault, you need a legal team on your side that knows what you’re going through and knows the area where your crash occurred. Our attorneys have been helping injured victims like you in Indiana and Illinois for decades, and we know what it takes to build winning claims after auto collisions in ice and snow.
Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. There’s no charge to contact us, and you’ll never see a single bill from us unless we win money for you. We believe that everyone deserves equal access to the legal system regardless of their ability to pay, and that’s why we never charge upfront for our services.
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