With winter now in full swing, it’s important to take certain steps that may help you stay safe while on the road. Icy, snowy conditions significantly increase the risk of an accident.
According to data compiled by Icy Road Safety, during the 2009/2010 winter season, New York experienced a high number of icy road-related fatalities. The state tied with Indiana in ninth place, with 14 deaths.
The following are tips to drive safely when faced with ice or snow conditions:
- avoid driving when conditions are especially dangerous;
- check to make sure tires are properly inflated;
- give yourself extra time to reach your destination;
- make sure you always have at least half a tank of gas;
- allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you;
- decrease your speed, allowing plenty of time to stop;
- don’t use cruise control on slippery surfaces;
- brake gently to avoid skidding;
- turn on your lights so others can see you;
- always wear a seatbelt;
- be especially cautious on bridges, ramps and overpasses;
- decelerate/accelerate slowly;
- don’t spin your wheels if you get stuck; and
- Ii stuck, pour salt, sand, gravel or cat litter in the path of your wheels to gain traction.
What to Do If You are Injured in an Accident
Despite taking precautions, some may still be injured in an auto accident. Seek emergency medical treatment if necessary, and call the police. Stay inside your car while waiting for the authorities to show up so you can keep warm. Exchange contact information with the other driver. If you can, take pictures of the damaged vehicles. And as soon as possible, contact your insurance company.
Then seek legal advice from an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-HURT (4878). We can go over your case and discuss whether you have a case worth pursuing.