Avoiding motor vehicle collisions during poor weather

Taking careful safety precautions can help reduce collisions when you're on the road. Here's how.

Each year, drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles collide. Sometimes, a vehicle collision is a minor experience with no real harm done, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes a collision can change your life - or take it away entirely. In fact, nearly 40,000 Americans die in motor vehicle accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Before you get on the road, it's vital that you understand exactly what steps you can take to help reduce and prevent accidents while driving. A few simple lifestyle changes and awareness of your driving habits can help reduce accidents. Here's what you need to know.

First off, make sure you understand driving laws in your state. Chances are that you've moved at some point in your adult life, whether that be for work or education. The driving and pedestrian laws are different in each state, so make sure that you understand exactly who has the right-of-way in different situations. This is especially important to understand during poor weather. If you believe you have the right-of-way and fail to yield to someone stepping into a crosswalk, for example, a slick road may mean you're unable to stop.

It's also important that you pay attention to the condition of your vehicle. A poor brake system, for example, may make stopping before you collide with another vehicle quite difficult. When the roads are icy or wet, slowing down can become much more challenging. Additionally, worn tires can be very dangerous and lead to a greater risk of accidents when on the road. For the best and safest driving experience, bring your vehicle to your mechanic on a regular basis for oil changes and inspections. When your mechanic recommends that you repair something on your vehicle, aim to do so as quickly as possible. Keeping your car in good shape is one of the easiest ways to reduce traffic fatalities while driving in poor weather.

Finally, always pay attention to the weather. If the roads are going to be bad, consider changing your plans or carpooling with another person to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Another option would simply be to stay home in order to avoid dangerous roads. Remember that even when you drive carefully in poor weather, other drivers may not. If you have no choice but to drive, keep in mind that you should typically drive below the speed limit when the weather is poor. It's also a good idea to keep your headlights on in order to increase your vehicle's visibility to other drivers.

Despite taking precautions, some accidents are unavoidable. If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision and you want to know if you're entitled to damages or compensation, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to talk about your options. Your lawyer will ask you about the accident and evaluate your case. Don't wait! Call today.

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