Most people associate this time of year with the holiday season which can be a wonderful and festive time for many. Unfortunately, it also means winter driving which can be a nightmare for anyone on the road. Winter driving hazards open up a wide array of dangerous situations that could put drivers at risk of getting into an accident. While the weather itself is already bad enough, snow and ice that are not properly wiped off of a vehicle can make a motorist hazardous for other drivers. If the snow or ice from their vehicle causes a collision leading to injuries, they can be held accountable for a personal injury claim. If you were recently involved in an accident due to winter driving hazards and want to file a personal injury claim, do not hesitate to reach out to a Middlesex County personal injury attorney from Stathis & Leonidas, LLC to learn more about your case.
What are some common winter driving hazards to watch out for?
First and foremost, there is perhaps no winter driving hazard more common, or dangerous, than icy roads. They can put you in situations where you are susceptible to a lack of control of your car which can lead to perilous outcomes. However, no type of icy road is more problematic for drivers than black ice. Because they are not as easy to identify compared to surface ice, many motorists often mistake black ice for simply being a wet road and do not adjust accordingly.
When driving on the road during the winter, the best way to avoid putting yourself or others at risk is to always drive cautiously. This can mean driving slower or allowing for more space between you and other vehicles. Despite how sure you may be when determining the conditions of the road, it is always best to steer on the side of caution.
Poor visibility during the winter can also be disastrous when it comes to your ability to drive safely. Flurries and blizzards can adversely affect your line of vision which can make it extremely difficult to navigate the road properly. However, ice and snow flying off other vehicles at high speeds can be even more dangerous. Not only can it hinder your visibility, but it can also cause serious damage and injuries. In that scenario, the liable party would be susceptible to a personal injury lawsuit being filed against them. No matter how much of a rush you may be in, always make sure to properly wipe off all snow and ice from your vehicle before getting on the road.
That said, if you have had the misfortune of being involved in such an incident, and are seeking reimbursement for your damages and injuries, it is highly advised to have experienced legal representation working on your behalf to ensure you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to.