Avoiding the road when winter weather rolls in is a great way to stay out of an auto accident, but unfortunately, your life doesn't stop when it is snowy, and you may have to venture out. Taking precautions and adjusting your driving can help you prevent many winter car accidents.
However, even the most defensive and skilled winter driver can fall victim to a negligent or reckless driver. In these cases, you want NYC motor vehicle accident attorney, Reid B. Wissner, on your side to help you recover maximum damages for your injuries.
There are two angles from which to consider visibility during winter weather: how well you can see, and how well others can see you.
Optimize your View
The better you can see, the better you are able to drive defensively. Make sure you are able to see clearly by:
- Maintaining functioning windshield wipers
- Clearing your vehicle of snow and ice before driving
- Using your low beam lights if it is snowing or raining (high beam lights cause a glare when it is rainy, foggy, or snowy, making it more difficult for you to see)
Be Visible to Others
Take measures to help other drivers see you when it is rainy, snowy, or foggy. Using your low beam lights helps others see you without interfering with your ability to see.
You also want to use extra caution around snow plows and other large vehicles with multiple blind spots. Truck accidents are often devastating, resulting in catastrophic injuries. Many truck accidents can be avoided if you know how to stay in a driver’s line of sight.
Adjust your Driving
Failure to take reasonable measures to prevent winter car accidents can be considered negligence. While you cannot control how others navigate slippery roads, you can make the following adjustments to reduce your risk of causing an accident and improve your ability to respond if another vehicle loses control:
Slippery conditions supersede speed limits, which can be unsafe when roads are not in an optimal state. Slow your speed to account for a reduced ability to stop. You will need extra time to react if someone around you skids, stops suddenly, or loses control. Also, do not use cruise control as it can make it difficult to effectively mitigate a slide, skid, or hydroplaning.
Do not follow another vehicle closely under wet, icy, or snowy conditions. Recommended following distance for normal road conditions is three-seconds. Make sure to allot distance if roads are slick and to maintain even more distance around larger vehicles that are high risk for losing control on ice.
Avoid slamming on your brakes to prevent and reduce skidding. A gentler approach to braking can help you regain traction without sliding out of control.
Distracted driving and winter weather are a dangerous combination. It is vital that you are on the lookout for pedestrians, out-of-control drivers, and other hazards. Avoid using your cell phone, eating, drinking, and loud music. Be particularly vigilant on bridges and overpasses, where ice accumulates more quickly.
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Mr. Wissner has been helping NYC car accident victims recover damages for decades. He personally handles every case he takes on, to ensure you get the attention needed to maximize your compensation. He is experienced with every aspect of motor vehicle accident cases, from the accident investigation, filing claims, and negotiating with insurance companies.
Call 212-406-9288 to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Wissner. We serve clients in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Manhattan, and New York City.