With the holiday season upon us, many people will be on the road traveling to be with friends and family. Some of that driving will take place under wintery conditions. By being prepared for snow and ice, you can be sure to arrive safely at your destination.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 22 percent of all car crashes are weather related. Conditions like “black ice” (traces of ice difficult to detect on an asphalt surface), and poor visibility caused by snow and sleet make driving hazardous. When just one car loses control, the result can be a multi-car pile-up. If you are hit from behind by a car skidding on ice, the weather conditions do not absolve the driver of fault. A Cherry Hill car accident lawyer can help you determine if you are owed compensation for any personal injury.
Preparing for a Trip in the Winter
Check the weather before you start your trip. If a storm is looming, the best thing you can do is stay home, but this is not always possible. In the event that you must travel in adverse conditions, inform someone of your plans and tell them your travel route and estimated time of arrival. Have basic emergency supplies with you such as:
- An ice scraper and snow brush
- A shovel and sand or kitty litter for traction
- A pair of jumper cables
- A flashlight and flares
- A first aid kit
Prepare your car for winter weather by checking the tire treads and brakes for wear. Make sure your battery is charged and that you have at least a half tank of gas and fresh antifreeze in your engine. The ignition system and spark plugs should also be checked at the start of the winter season.
Defensive driving can help avoid a car accident in snowy or icy conditions. Use slower acceleration and deceleration speeds and increase your following distance. Do not use the parking brake to slow or stop and do not use cruise control during hazardous weather conditions. If the car begins to skid or slip, avoid braking suddenly as this will cause the car to swerve out of control.
Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers at Folkman Law Offices Represent Victims of Car Accidents in South Jersey
Despite the proper preparation and precautions, car accidents in snow and ice can happen. The Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. can help you if you have been in a winter car accident. We are committed to your success and will go the extra mile to secure you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 856-354-9444 and we will review your case for free, or contact us online. We have offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey as well as in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.