Driving in Ice and Snow
As most Wisconsinites know, the state experiences its fair share of wind, sleet, ice and snow each and every winter season. Records indicate that temperatures have even dropped to as low at -55 degrees Fahrenheit in February of 1996. Though most citizens understand the risks involved in attempting to drive in severe winter weather, it is never a bad idea to review safety tips before getting behind the wheel.
Recent reports from the Department of Transportation indicate that there are approximately 450,000 traffic accidents that occur each year due to bad weather conditions. Drivers that do not adhere to best safety practices during this challenging time, and subsequently cause a collision, should be held accountable for their actions. If you would like to learn more about your rights following a car accident with a reckless driver, call the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.
The following tips should be considered when attempting to operate your motor vehicle in ice or snow:
- Decrease your driving speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop behind other cars on the road
- Brake gently to limit your risk of skidding
- Use your headlights to visually communicate with other drivers
- If you drive a manual, use low gears to maintain traction
- Be especially cautions on bridges and overpasses
- Do not use cruise control or overdrive
By adhering to these tips, you can be a safer, more responsible driver in these hazardous weather conditions. However, the unfortunate reality is that other drivers may not be as vigilant as you are and may engage in negligent driving behavior, leading to serious, or even fatal, consequences.
If you or someone you love was involved involved in a wreck with an unsafe driver, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 for a free case evaluation to learn if you may be able to pursue your claim in a court of law.