The running joke in Northeast Ohio every winter is the moment the snow flies, drivers forget how to drive. The truth behind that adage is a scary reality! Unfortunately, improper roadway safety precautions place everyone in danger.
Recent icing conditions and substantial snowfalls have understandably led to an increase in vehicle accidents. If you watch the morning news, the traffic reports resemble more of a red and green holiday decoration than a map of our local highway systems. You may also notice repeated reports on the varying speed limits in Lake County; a program designed specifically for a high risk stretch of route 90 that was the scene of hundreds of accidents in 2016-17. If you have to be on the roads, it is critical to drive responsibly.
Winter Weather Driving
ODOT cites the most common driving dangers to be speed and following distance. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive or the area in which you drive, it is your responsibility to be a smart driver and to value human lives. No AWD vehicle is fail proof in slippery conditions and poor visibility.
When driving in poor conditions, it is critical to maintain adequate stopping distance and provide city vehicles ample room to do their job. Your speed should be in line with posted speed limits, factor in inclement conditions and know how your vehicle handles to safely operate and remain in control.
The condition of your vehicle also plays a critical role is safe winter driving. Unworn tires, new windshield wipers and adequate mechanical fluids are all absolutely necessary to provide safe operation. Always clean snow and ice off of your vehicle before you hit the road! If you can’t see the roads, how can you possible prepare for, or avoid disaster?
Unfortunately, winter related accidents can be more severe than other seasons. Multiple vehicle accidents and unsafe conditions surrounding an accident pose serious risk. If you are involved in an accident, do not exit your vehicle until you are safely out of harm’s way! This may also mean remaining in your vehicle even if you are pulled off onto the shoulder. If possible, move your vehicle out of the roadway, alert authorities and wait for help to arrive.
In the event of an accident, it is critical to document every aspect of the incident including; road and weather conditions, involvement of other drivers, witnesses, damage to the vehicle, injury and more. Accident details can play a vital role in the success of an accident claim. If you were seriously injured in a car accident it is in your best interest to contact an experienced accident attorney.
NRS Injury Law has the experience and resources necessary to help you with your accident claim. If you or a loved one were in a serious accident, contact Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg today. Big insurance companies will be quick to settle, which is not in your best interest.. Get a free case evaluation now.