As the weather gets colder and snow becomes more prevalent, it is important
that drivers take the necessary precautions to compensate for these adverse
conditions and take steps to reduce their chances of an accident. The
winter months typically correlate to an increase in the number of
car accidents, causing a wide range of debilitating injuries and sometimes death. In
fact, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that about 225,000
crashes occur annually as a result of falling snow and sleet. In order
to keep you safe on the roads this winter, our firm has put together a
short list of tips that can help you reduce your risk of a collision.
1. Watch your speed: When the roads are slick, it can be extremely easy to lose control of your
vehicle when traveling at higher speeds. It is important to remember that
posted speed limits are only recommended under normal weather conditions.
To compensate, drive slower than the posted limit to maximize your traction.
2. Keep your distance: Do not drive too closely to the vehicle in front of you. If they so much
as tap their brakes while you are close behind, you can easily cause a
rear-end accident. Maintain a safe distance of at least a few car lengths
at all times.
3. Maintain your vehicle: Check out your vehicle and make sure it is well maintained. Check your
wiper blades, tire treads, headlights, antifreeze levels, and brakes and
make any repairs as necessary.
4. Use tire chains: Equipping your vehicle’s tires with chains is essential, especially
if you live in an area that is particularly snowy. Chains will help your
vehicle grip the road and reduce your chances of skidding.
5. Put your phone away: Cell phone use while driving can reduce your situational awareness and
increase your chances of a collision by a wide margin. Talking, texting,
answering emails, and reading messages can all distract you away from
the road, endangering your life and the lives of those around you.
Contact Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. Today
If you should be injured in a car accident this winter, a Kingston car
accident lawyer from Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. can
use their 85+ years of combined legal experience to advocate for your
rights and help you pursue compensation for your suffering. Having been
Super Lawyers® and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, we know your
rights and we know how to get the results you need.
Find out more about how we can help by
requesting a free consultation or by calling our office today at (845) 340-4878.