If you are driving in the ice and snow, you need to take extra precautions to remain safe while on the road. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 17 percent of all accidents occur during the winter months. Accidents involving larger trucks are especially dangerous, and they are continuing to go up. The good news is there are steps that both truck drivers, and other drivers on the road can take to prevent these accidents and the serious injuries that often accompany them.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is Running Properly and Safely
Winter brings snow and ice, which often lead people to neglect vehicle repairs and maintenance. However, it is imperative to make sure your vehicle continues operating properly during this time of the year by taking it in for regular maintenance and tune-ups. Also, make sure to check the wipers, tires and battery regularly, especially if they are used in icy and rainy conditions often. Before heading out, it is also a good idea to clear all dirt, ice and snow from the vehicle’s headlights, tail lights and windows and ensuring snow tires are installed properly.
Make Sure to Drive Safely
A huge cause of accidents in winter weather is people rushing when road conditions are subpar. As a result, it is wise to allow extra time to ensure you can get to your destination while driving safely. Keep in mind, an accident with any vehicle can be extremely dangerous, but if you are speeding and are involved in an accident with a truck, the injuries you suffer may be severe, or even fatal.
Always be Prepared for an Emergency
You never know if you are going to be stuck on the side of a road during a snow or ice storm. As a result, you need to make sure you always have blankets, flashlights, jumper cables and other emergency items in your vehicle. Even if you don’t ever need these items, you may be able to help another person who has become stranded on the side of the road.
What to Do if You are Involved in a Winter-Time Accident
If you do happen to be involved in an accident when the roads are icy or snowy, the first thing you should do is seek treatment from a medical professional. While you may not think you were injured, it is best to be checked out. Once you have received medical care, contact a personal injury attorney. If the accident was not your fault, you may be able to recover compensation. An attorney will be able to review the facts of the case to determine if this is possible.
While driving in the winter months can be somewhat dangerous, when you use the tips above you can reduce the likelihood that you are going to be involved in an accident. If you are injured in an accident, due to the fault or negligence of someone else, make sure to contact a personal injury attorney for help.