Icy Roads Cause Car Accidents and Car Wrecks Mean You Many Need a Lawyer
Icy Roads are a Winter Hazard
Nearly one-fourth of all traffic accidents are weather-related. With winter approaching, it is a good time to discuss the dangers of driving on ice and snow. Even though the Midwest has experienced a relatively mild winter thus far, there have already been a number of traffic deaths caused by icy conditions on Missouri roads.
The following are some tips and suggestions for navigating your vehicle safely over icy and snowy roads:
Check out the weather forecast and road conditions in advance. The Missouri Department of Transportation provides a Traveler Information Map for weather-related road conditions on its web site. If possible, postpone your travel until the roads have been cleared.
Slow down. You should always adjust your speed to the current road conditions, and you will need additional time to stop on icy roads.
Make sure you can see. Keep mirrors, windows and lights free of snow and ice and keep your lights on.
Brake gently to avoid sliding. Ease off the brake to allow your tires to re-grip the road so you can steer.
If you don’t feel comfortable driving on the roads, pull off and park in the first safe place you can find. It may be important to you to get to your destination, but it is not worth risking your life.
Unfortunately, not every driver pays heed to the above safety advice and you may find yourself in an accident this winter through no fault of your own in Kansas or Missouri. If so, you will need a skilled Kansas City car accident attorney to guide you through the process from start to finish. Even a relatively minor accident can result in significant expenses and complications down the road.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by icy or snowy roads, contact Wendt Law Firm P.C., for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine if you have a claim, and then negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure you receive the full monetary compensation you deserve. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case.