Winter brings slippery conditions to Pennsylvania’s many narrow and winding roads. The chance of a motor vehicle accident increases during winter weather, and the injuries can be much more severe.
While there are plenty of other states that experience more snow than Pennsylvania, a recent study revealed that Pennsylvania ranked 6 in a list of the top 15 most dangerous states for winter driving.
Staying safe on winter roads
At some point, you will probably find yourself driving in winter weather. Although you cannot control other drivers on the road, there are many things you can do to reduce your chance of getting into an accident.
Perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle before winter weather hits. Check your tires and essential fluids, such as windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your car is stocked with supplies such as blankets, a shovel, a spare tire and other items you may need if you are stranded in the snow.
Drive slower than usual
Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of room between other vehicles. Many accidents occur in snowy or icy weather because people believe they can drive the speed limit or even beyond.
While you should not speed in winter weather, driving the speed limit is also discouraged. The presence of any amount of precipitation on the road can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
You have options after an accident
A car accident during winter weather can cause you many problems, including serious injuries, a damaged vehicle, high medical costs and time missed from work. You might experience mental or emotional distress after the accident and become afraid to drive in winter weather again.
The weather is likely to be considered a factor in the accident, and the other driver may try to use it as a reason to avoid responsibility, if you believe that the accident was their fault.
A personal injury claim could potentially help you receive compensation. A successful claim requires proving the other driver was negligent. This involves many factors, so it is best to have the help of a professional.