As the winter season has already kicked into full gear in Indiana, plenty of people have already begun their precautions for ice, snow and cold weather. In addition to having proper emergency gear stored in the back of your car and having appropriate winter clothing on you at all times, it’s a good idea to be aware of the increased risk of significant and life-changing car accidents.
Unfortunately, more than 116,000 people suffer injuries in vehicle accidents on snowy, icy or slushy roads every single year. There are plenty of different dangers to be aware of and it can be very helpful to be mindful of the risks you face every time you head out on the open road. Even running a quick errand can put you in harm’s way if you are not careful. Some of the most common types of car accident dangers have to do with;
- Distracted driving. Looking down to check the radio or to adjust your GPS might seem like something that only takes a couple of seconds, but it is those few seconds that can pull your attention away from the road and leave you and your loved ones suffering the devastating injuries. Avoid accidents altogether by avoiding these distractions.
- Vehicle maintenance. Winter is a terrible time for accidents related to vehicle maintenance if you ignore the maintenance for too long and fail to take appropriate precautions to protect yourself.
- Low visibility. Blizzard and snowy conditions can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and other vehicles, particularly at night. Even if the skies are clear, snow buildup on the side of the roads can make it hard to judge distances or to see objects or people.
- Icy roads. Ice can be difficult to detect on roads, particularly when it is covering the street in front of you in a thin layer. Black ice causes far too many devastating vehicle accidents, many of which could not have been prevented.
If you’ve already been hurt in a serious vehicle accident caused by another person’s negligent behavior, you need to schedule a consultation with an attorney immediately.