Blizzard conditions occurring this weekend in the D.C. metro area means ice and snow on our roads, which typically result in an increase in auto accidents. However, that does not mean that negligence and recklessness could not play a part in you or a loved one being injured through an auto accident in these wintry conditions.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 120,000 people suffer injuries in car accidents on slushy, snowy, or icy roads every year. From this statistic alone, it is obvious that wintry conditions make it necessary that drivers exercise additional caution when operating their motor vehicle. If they fail to operate their cars in this reasonable manner and collide, you or your loved ones, these negligent drivers may be held legally accountable for your injuries.
How can you or your loved ones remain safe on the road this winter?
The safest measure would be to avoid driving in snow or possible icy conditions. However, that is not always possible, and if you must drive follow these tips:
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- Drive slowly.
- The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to at least eight to ten seconds.
- Don’t power up hills.
- Don’t stop going up a hill.
- Stay home if at all possible.
Unfortunately, following all of these precautions does not mean that other drivers will do the same. If a negligent driver who did not properly adjust their driving behaviors for snow and icy roads injures you, the attorneys at GDH Law can help.
GDH Law has assisted many Maryland and D.C. residents recover for their injuries that occurred as a result of wintry road conditions. Hiring an attorney can help you obtain the maximum compensation available to you and your family, whether that is accomplished by strong negotiations with insurance companies or by proceeding to trial if necessary.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, do not delay, call GDH Law today. Our team can be reached online at GDHlawfirm.com or (301)-769-6835. As always, your consultation is free, and we don’t get paid until you do.