Wintertime car accidents account for approximately 1,300 fatalities and nearly 170,000 injuries every year. The car accident lawyers at Nagle & Associates, PA want you to be safe on the roads this winter and all year long. Attorney Carl Nagle and his team have seven offices in North Carolina to meet the legal needs of residents around the state. Below, they’ll share three tips for avoiding winter driving accidents.
A Car Accident Lawyer’s Top 3 Tips For Avoiding Winter Driving Accidents
1. Plan Ahead
Proper planning and preparation just might save your life. In addition to checking all weather reports and forecasts before hitting the road, creating a winter driving kit is essential for any driver who lives in a region where snow, ice, and freezing rain are possible. Your kit should include an ice scraper, a shovel, flares, a blanket, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight, as well as bottled water and snacks. Not only will these things keep you safe should you get in an accident and become stranded, but the scraper and shovel can ensure your vehicle is snow and ice free for your journey.
2. Don't Misjudge Icy Roads
It's easy to miscalculate just how icy a road is. Black ice is especially dangerous. A good rule to remember is ice can form in temperatures as high as 40 degrees, so drive slowly and carefully on all winter roads, even ones that look free and clear of icy conditions.
3. Increase Your Following Distance
Cautiousness is key to avoiding accidents during the winter. Normally, drivers are advised to stay at least one car distance behind the vehicle in front of them. In winter, it's a smart idea to increase that distance even more. This way, you're allowing plenty of room should you need to brake on wintry roads or in falling snow or sleet. The extra distance could very well prevent an accident.
If you've been involved in a collision, call the car accident lawyers at Nagle & Associates, PA at (336) 723-4500 to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit them on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Whatever time of year your crash occurred, these auto accident attorneys will give you the exceptional legal representation you need to exercise your rights.