As winter approaches, it's time to review safety tips for driving in snowy or icy conditions. Every year, many people get into car accidents due to not driving safely enough when the weather is bad. While some accidents are unavoidable, many can be prevented through careful driving and awareness of surroundings and road conditions.
If you are injured in an accident on an icy road, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC at 770-888-8901 to schedule your free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Staying Safe on Icy Roads
When driving on an icy road, the main thing you need to keep in mind is that there is less friction for your tires, so stopping will take longer. The speed limit in icy conditions may not be applicable; depending on how many cars are around, visibility, and other factors, you may want to drive under the speed limit in order to be safe.
Here are some tips to be safe on the road in winter:
- Do not tailgate: You shouldn't be tailgating anyway, but this is an especially dangerous practice when roads are icy.
- Maintain a safe speed: The faster you're going on an icy road, the more difficult it will be to stop safely if needed.
- Make sure you have appropriate tires: It's important to have tires with the appropriate amount of tread to maintain control of your car on icy roads.
- Watch out for bridges and ramps: These freeze over faster than regular roads, and due caution should be exercised when driving over them.
- Do not drive in a snowstorm: If at all possible, you should avoid driving in heavy snow. Poor visibility and road conditions increase your chances of having a car accident dramatically.
What To Do If You Are In A Car Accident
Even if you drive as safely as possible, there is still a chance that you could be in a car accident due to icy roads. If you were hit by another car whose driver was not exercising due care and lost control because of their actions, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical treatment for injuries
- Lost past and future wages
- Lost income potential due to disability
- Pain and suffering
When conditions on the road are dangerous, drivers are expected to behave cautiously and know what to do to keep control of their car. However, in some cases, a design flaw or negligence in upkeep may contribute to a road being unreasonably dangerous to drive on. In these cases, the at-fault party may be whoever designed or maintains the road.
After your accident, if you can, take photos of the road, your car, and any other car that was involved. Make sure that you capture the dangerous conditions of the road, and make note of the weather conditions as well. See a doctor as soon as you can, and do not make any statements admitting fault to insurance or police. After you've seen a doctor, call a car accident lawyer.
Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation
If you have been injured in a car accident on an icy road, don't hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC at 770-888-8901 for your free consultation. Our lawyers and staff are bilingual in Spanish and English, and we will fight for your right to compensation. We serve clients in Marietta, Cumming, and other areas of greater Atlanta, Georgia.