Driving a car is always serious business. Drivers should always be aware of the fact that when they get behind the wheel, they are commandeering a heavy vehicle that offers both the freedom of movement and the risk of catastrophe. It is essential that drivers always drive responsibly and with care, but this is particularly true when driving in the winter. With cold weather comes an increased chance of getting into a car accident because of additional hazards. The more you understand your risks while driving during the winter, the better prepared you are likely to be. At Reinherz Law, we know that no matter how careful you are, there is little you can do to protect yourself against another driver’s negligence. If that happens, we are here to help.

There are a variety of issues that come into play when you are driving in wintry conditions, but the three that are most frequently involved in winter car accidents are:

  • Black Ice – this is moisture that has frozen on roadways and that is invisible to a driver behind the wheel. The road may simply look wet or may look completely normal, but it is very slippery and can make you lose control of your car. Black ice is very common on bridges, below overpasses and in areas that are shaded, as they tend to be slightly cooler then the rest of the environment.
  • Poor Visibility – During the winter, there are a number of things working against your ability to see. Falling snow, sleet, or rain can create problems on the windshield, and so can a lack of washer fluid or windshield wipers that are in poor condition. Defrosters and defoggers often end up doing the exact opposite of what they are supposed to do, and can end up leaving your windshield impossible to see through.
  • Incautious Driving – Far too many drivers underestimate the risks of driving in wintry conditions. They drive at too high a rate of speed or are careless about the possibility of snow or ice; they fail to use directional or stray over the line into another driver’s lane; they do not leave enough space between themselves and the driver that is ahead of them.

Drivers should not only be aware of these particular concerns but should also take precautions to protect themselves against the possibility of being involved in an accident with a driver who is not as vigilant as they are. Make sure that your battery is fully charged so that your car will start up in an emergency situation, that your tires and rakes are in good condition, and that your heating and cooling system are in good working order. Keep your eyes open so that you are always able to react to the road situations that you face.

Being a safe driver during the winter depends upon driving carefully and responsibly. If you are involved in a winter car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, then the attorneys at Reinherz Law can help. Call our office to set up a convenient time to discuss your situation. We are here to get you the justice you deserve.

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