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Winter driving requires different approach to avoid car accident

These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

As any experienced Pennsylvania driver is aware, the weather and road conditions can change suddenly during the winter months. In order to avoid being caught up in a serious car accident during this season, driving styles may need to be modified. There are simple steps that can help ensure that one arrives safely at his or her destination.

One of the first proactive steps is checking weather forecasts both for the area one is leaving and at the destination site. Being well-prepared for any road conditions may prevent either an accident caused by road conditions or mechanical failure. Additionally, remembering that posted speed limit signs are applicable to dry pavements and may not be safe for wet or snow-covered roads may be a prudent mindset.

Regardless of how experienced or confident a driver may be of his or her abilities, proceeding at a slower speed and taking more time to complete steering maneuvers may also help avoid a skid or other mishaps that can cause a hazard for other drivers. It is suggested that drivers also attempt to observe traffic and road conditions even farther ahead than normal in order to prepare for possible situations that could be caused by adverse weather and roads. Likewise, approaching and crossing bridges may also require more caution than the other seasons as these surfaces are affected quickly by winter weather.

Lastly, ensure that one is well-rested and that all snow and ice accumulations are removed from a vehicle before starting out on even short errands. Unfortunately, even the most diligent and conscientious drivers can find themselves in situations that may result in a serious car accident. Pennsylvania residents who have been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party may seek recompense for the financial damages they sustained by filing claim in the civil justice system.

Source: msurereporter.com, "Stay safe on the road with these winter driving tips", Emmanuella Shokare, Nov. 10, 2017

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