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Avoiding Car Accidents During the Winter

Illinois is known for its snowy and icy winters and it is not uncommon for the number of car accidents to increase during the winter months. Although a crash may have been caused by icy roads, it does not mean drivers are not liable for damages that result. Motorists are still responsible for knowing how to safely drive in the snow and ice and when they feel they cannot, they should not drive at all. The following tips can help you avoid an accident and the liability that may go along with it.

Prepare Your Tires

Tires are the only part of a vehicle that makes direct contact with the road, so it is important to ensure yours are properly prepared. Winter tires are essential, as they have a better grip and can help you handle snow and ice better. Also make sure that your tires have the proper amount of pressure so they are fully inflated and provide the appropriate grip.

Know the Conditions

During the winter, it is crucial to always check the road and weather conditions before you head out. Also know your own winter driving skills, and if they are enough for the conditions you will face. If you feel as though it is unsafe to drive, do not get behind the wheel.

Clear Snow Off Your Vehicle

It is the law in Illinois that all motorists must clear snow and ice from the windows, windshield, and mirrors of their vehicle before they head out onto the roads. If you do not do this, snow and ice may fall onto the windshield in your field of vision, making it impossible to see the road in front of you. Snow and ice can also fly off your car and hit other vehicles, causing an accident. 

If you do not clear your vehicle of snow and ice, you may face harsh fines. Even worse, if your failure to clear the snow and ice results in an accident, you will be found negligent and held liable for paying damages.

Reduce Your Speed

You should always give yourself ample time to get from one place to another during the winter months. Doing so will allow you to reduce your speed so you do not slip and slide on the roads and potentially cause a crash.

Increase Your Following Distance

It is more difficult to slow down and come to a complete stop when the roads are covered with snow and ice. To ensure you do not crash into a vehicle in front of you, always remain at least six seconds behind the vehicle you are following.

Contact Our Illinois Car Accident Lawyers After a Crash

While following the above tips can help you avoid an accident during the winter, not all drivers will follow them. When they fail to, they may cause a crash that results in serious injuries. If you have been hurt, our Rockford car accident lawyers at Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. can help you claim the damages you need. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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