Winter weather can hit hard in Will County and throughout Illinois, and it is important for drivers to be prepared. On side roads as well as on highways, conditions such as freezing rain and snow can lead to an increase in car accidents and injuries, particularly when dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, driving under the influence, or distracted driving are involved. Being aware of the potential dangers and taking a few simple preventative measures can help to ensure that both you and your passengers remain safe.
Winter weather can make driving a challenge for even the most experienced drivers, increasing your odds of being involved in an accident. Of the nearly six million car crashes that occur each year in the U.S., the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates that adverse weather conditions are a contributing factor in roughly 20 percent. Wet pavement, freezing rain, and snowy conditions can all result in the following:
You can help prevent breakdowns and reduce your risks of being involved in an accident by making sure your car is well maintained during the winter. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends checking vehicle fluid levels regularly, carrying extra windshield washer fluid, cleaning off head, tail, and brake lights before you go, and making sure your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated. Other winter driving tips to increase your safety include:
If you do break down, pull off to the side of the road as much as possible, and wait for help to arrive.
If you or someone you care about is involved in an accident, contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Massino & Pollack, PC today. Our experienced Will County car accident attorneys can advise you on how to get compensation for the damages you have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We have offices throughout Will County and the surrounding area; call or contact us online today to request a consultation.
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