Car and truck accidents can be caused by several things. A negligent driver, someone who is texting and driving, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can all cause or contribute to an accident. A lesser known culprit though is the weather. Icy road conditions, coupled with a motorist who is not giving their full attention to their driving can create ideal conditions for accidents. While you cannot prevent other drivers from engaging in unsafe driving habits, there are some things you can do to stay safe during the winter driving months.
With the amount of snow we get here in Minnesota annually, it is not uncommon to experience an icy road, or be involved in an accident where winter road conditions played a role. Here are three good tips to help avoid an accident when old man winter comes calling:
- Slow down! When the roads are snow or ice packed it is safer to drive under the speed limit rather than to meet or exceed what is allowed. A lot of people feel uncomfortable slowing down, because it can cause other drivers to speed up and cause accidents. If you fear being tailgated or otherwise threatened by a reckless driver when you drive slower than the limit, pull over and wait for the threat to pass.
- Keep a safe distance between you and other drivers. Because you are only in control of your own car, it is best to steer clear of those that are not driving reasonably for the conditions. The more space you put between yourself and a reckless driver, the less likely you are to be involved in an accident with that person.
- Apply your brakes properly, by pumping the brakes instead of “slamming” them on or trying to brake too quickly. Cars and trucks can easily slide or fishtail when the brakes are applied to quickly, but by pumping the brakes you give your car the chance to slow down without sliding.
You should also wear your seatbelt at all times, and make sure passengers and children are properly restrained. Even when you take all the necessary precautions, an accident can still happen. When it does, it is important that you contact a skilled personal injury attorney for help. We will fight for a full and fair compensation for your injuries, and seek the maximum recovery for damage to your property.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office for help. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.