At Wendt Law Firm P.C., we hoped everyone in the Kansas City area had a safe and happy holiday season, and wish everyone the best in the new year . Unfortunately, this time of year comes with winter weather and hazardous road conditions. Here are some practical tips from our Kansas City car accident attorneys to avoid getting into an automobile accident this winter.
Be Extra Cautious
Winter roads can accumulate precipitation and become slick even if it isn’t snowing or raining. This time of year, drivers should be extra cautious every day, not just when there is winter weather. Give drivers a bit of extra space on the road, so you can be sure to stop or take evasive action. Also, never use cruise control, drivers in cruise control don’t feel changes in traction in the road.
It’s critical that you monitor the inflation of your tires. As the air gets colder, the pressure in your tires will lower. Low tire pressure can cause low traction, especially on slick roads.
If the roads are icy, be sure you know the best way to brake with your car. If you have anti-lock brakes, press down on the pedal the entire way, the brakes will pump automatically. If you have an older car without anti-lock brakes, you should release the brake in pumps to keep the car moving in a straight line.
Show Restraint In Winter Weather
If there is winter weather in the area, you should show even greater restraint when driving. Drivers are expected, by law, to reduce speeds in hazardous driving conditions.
Reduce speeds at least 10-15 MPH in wintery conditions and avoid travel during active storms. It can be difficult sometimes when family events occur during winter storms, but no event is worth potentially being in a catastrophic car accident on the way.
With so many holiday parties in the winter comes consumption of alcoholic beverages. Never drink and drive. Driving in icy and snowy conditions requires lightning-fast reaction times, and driving impaired can have catastrophic consequences.
If an Accident Occurs
Sometimes accidents occur, even with extra precautions in place. If you are in a car accident, it is critical you stay in your vehicle until emergency responders arrive, especially if there is winter weather. Other passing cars may not be able to stop or avoid colliding with stalled vehicles, even if it seems as if you are safely pulled over well off the road.
If you need immediate medical assistance, seek that first. If you are not in danger, be sure to make an immediate account of the incident as well.
Finally, if you are in an accident this winter, be sure to contact an attorney if you feel you may have been a victim of driver negligence. Contact Wendt Law Firm, P.C. and we’ll evaluate your case for free.