The recent snowstorm that ravaged the East coast may have passed, but it left behind a wake of damage and injuries. Many of the people hurt as a result of the storm were hurt in motor vehicle accidents stemming from slippery roads and snow accumulation.
Unfortunately, weather is not something we can control so it can and will affect us as motorists. However, there are many things drivers can do to avoid getting into an accident caused by ice, snow, rain or any other hazard Mother Nature throws our way.
- Slow down: Even if the speed limit says 55, drivers should adjust their speeds to meet the conditions of the road. When roads are slippery, it can take more space for a vehicle to come to a stop. High speeds combined with bad weather can lead to visibility problems and difficulty keeping control of a vehicle. Slowing down can help you maintain control of the vehicle.
- Stay alert: Road conditions can change in the blink of an eye. One area might be dry and fine and the next mile down it can be wet and slick. Failure to pay attention to the road can lead to missing critical cues that can help you adjust your driving. Further, if you are distracted behind the wheel, you may not see backed up traffic ahead of you in time to slow down and stop.
- Remember the basics: By remembering to give other motorists room, use your turn signal, obey traffic signs and avoid driving while drunk or drugged, you can be in a much better position to react to potentially dangerous conditions and hopefully avoid a crash.
As important as these reminders and tips are, they may come too late for people who were already hurt in accidents over the weekend. However, victims and their families may be wise to discuss their options for compensation with an attorney. While you cannot file a claim against Mother Nature, you may be able to file one against a negligent, reckless driver.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, “Knoxville police downgrade severe weather plan; state of emergency remains across ET,” Jan. 23, 2016