Winter Storm 2012

Wow!  What a storm we have had.  The worst of it seems to be over, but there is still a lot of snow on the sides of the road and back streets are still not plowed.  Because of the ice, there are down branches and trees and thousands are without power.  If you are reading this you may be one of the lucky ones!

Whenever there is snow & ice, there are lots of car accidents.  Some are single car accidents where a driver either lost control on a slick patch or just got stuck.  However, there are many collisions that occur because someone was going too fast for conditions.  This often results in a multi-car collision with totalled vehicles and significant injuries or even death.

Sometimes it is necessary to drive in the snow and a fair option if you have the right vehicle.  I have been into the office each day of this storm to make sure that we have been available to help our clients.  But I have a 4-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance.  Others have this same setup, but often abuse the privilege.  Here are some tips to remember no matter the size of your car, but especially for those who drive those big powerful vehicles.

First, remember that you may be able to get going but it will likely be hard to stop.  The big 4-wheel drive vehicles are heavier and take a lot longer to slow down & stop.

Second, keep looking ahead.  It is easy to focus on the road just in front of you, but more important to pay attention to upcoming intersections and traffic in front of you.  The only way to stop on time is to know when something is coming.

Third, watch out for pedestrians.  When there is snow and ice on the roads, it is usually worse on the sidewalks.  Pedestrians can slip and fall into the road, or some even walk in the cleared road to avoid the treacherous sidewalks.

Finally, keep your speed down.  While you may be able to get-up-and-go, your higher speed usually sprays a wall of slush and ice onto the windshields of those around you.  This blinds the other driver and causes accidents.

Hopefully these tips help.  I follow these when I drive in the snow because I have seen the pain and suffering that results from auto accidents.  Hopefully you were able to stay safe during this winter storm, but if you or someone you know was injured by someone driving too fast for conditions, please call our firm.  We would be happy to give a free consultation and help in any way we can.

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