Driving in winter conditions can be dangerous, especially to those of us who lack experience driving in such conditions. Snow, sleet, hail, or ice can cause for hazardous conditions, increasing the risk for traffic accidents involving other cars or pedestrians. Even in bad weather conditions, drivers who fail to maintain control of their cars may be held liable for any injuries or property damage they may cause. As a result, if you have been injured in a bad weather car accident in Georgia, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your injuries. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta County car accident attorney. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to representing people injured in car accidents and are here to help.
Fortunately, there are steps that people can take to mitigate the dangerous associated with driving in winter conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends preparing for the trip, protecting yourself, and preventing crashes on the road.
The first step to preventing a car crash in bad weather conditions is preparing your car to drive in such conditions. In order to prepare, check the condition of the following equipment on your vehicle:
- Tires and tire tread
- Windshield wipers
- Windows and windshield
- Wiper fluid
- Antifreeze levels
- Headlamps and taillights
In addition, it is important to have flashlights, jumper cables, sand or another coarse material, shovel, snow brush, ice scraper, and warning devices on hand in case of an emergency. Also, make sure that your cell phone is fully charged and that you have plenty of gas in your vehicle.
Another way you can prepare for your trip is to practice cold weather driving. During daylight hours, go to an empty lot and try to drive on snow or ice. Intentionally go into a skid and practice steering into it; also, learn what your brakes will do. If you have anti-lock brakes, practice stomping on the brakes – if you have do not have anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes while trying to stop.
Protect yourself and your passengers
- Use safety belts
- If you have children riding in your car, properly use child or booster seats
- Do not place child seats in front of air bags
- Place children under 12 in the back seat
- Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drive slowly and make sure there is enough distance between you and other cars
- Be aware of pedestrians or obstacles in the road
- Avoid distracted or fatigued driving
Contact a Coweta County auto accident attorney for a consultation
Even if all of these precautions are taken accidents are bound to happen. If you are injured in a car accident you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact a Coweta County car accident lawyer. Attorney Shane Smith is committed to representing the interests of individuals injured in car accidents. To schedule a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 today.