It is that time of the year again, a time for people to enjoy the holidays and spend some quality time with their loved ones. Although, that is not the only thing that comes during this time of the year. With the arrival of winter also comes a wide array of winter driving hazards that can make getting on the road a risky proposition. Weather conditions unique to this season like cold temperatures, blizzards, flurries, and icy roads create all sorts of dangerous situations. Whether that be technical issues with your vehicle, or increasing the likelihood of getting into an accident, all drivers should be prepared for whatever mother nature may throw at them.
However, the weather may not be the only thing motorists should be on the lookout for. Other drivers can also create hazardous conditions that can put other motorists at risk. Flying ice and snow from another vehicle can lead to severe damages and injuries to other drivers. In that scenario, they may be liable for a personal injury claim. If you were recently involved in such an incident and are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the Queens personal injury attorneys from The Law Offices of George Poulos to schedule a consultation.
What winter driving hazards should I be prepared for?
As obvious as this may seem, cold temperatures are one of the most crucial winter driving hazards that all motorists should be prepared for. Cold temperatures can cause low tire pressure and battery failure, which may result in your car breaking down. Regular checkups to make sure that your vehicle is functioning properly will go a long way to mitigating the chances of any potential disasters occurring. Although, cold temperatures can also lead to icy roads which can be extremely dangerous. Black ice in particular can be difficult to immediately identify which often results in drivers not adjusting accordingly. Making sure your brakes are working properly, as well as checking on the tread on your tires, can substantially minimize their impact. It should also be noted that driving slower, and maintaining more space between you and other vehicles, can be just as essential to preventing accidents from occurring on icy roads.
Thoroughly removing all ice and snow from your car is also a key element when it comes to preparing for winter driving hazards. Regardless of how much of a rush you may be in, it is crucial to ensure that no snow and ice remain on your vehicle before getting on the road. Not only can flying ice and snow adversely affect other drivers’ line of vision, but it can also cause serious damages and severe injuries. Depending on the circumstances, that could make you susceptible to a personal injury claim being filed against you. If that is the case, you may have to pay a significant reimbursement fee.