The risk of auto accidents increases during snowstorms or after a snowfall because of issues such as reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces. However, each driver still has the responsibility of driving carefully to avoid causing accidents. Here are some of the ways in which motorists increase accident risks when driving on snowy roads:
Driving With an Unclear Windshield
Visibility sometimes reduces during the winter season due to snowstorms and the low temperatures that make everything fog up. Therefore, drivers need to maintain clean and clear windshields to avoid crashing into others and spot road dangers in time. This includes using the defroster to reduce humidity inside the car, using glass cleaner to clean the windshield, and warming up the engine to reduce fogging before driving. A driver who fails to do all this can easily cause an accident due to poor visibility.
Driving Too Fast For the Road Conditions
Road speed limits are not absolute guides on how fast you should drive on the applicable road. Rather, they merely give you an indication of the speed limits you shouldn't exceed if the road or weather conditions are ideal. This means every road user is expected to maintain safe driving speeds depending on the prevailing road or weather conditions. For example, drivers should slow down when driving through snow to reduce the risk of skidding and causing accidents. A driver who fails to slow down in snow and causes an accident then becomes liable for the ensuing damages.
Following the Car In Front Too Closely
It is always advisable to leave a reasonable space between your car and the car in front. In fact, this is one of the reasons the driver in the rear is usually held liable for rear-end accidents. However, the need to stay a reasonable distance from the car in the front is even greater if the road and weather conditions are bad. This is because the stopping distance increases when driving on snowy roads. Any driver that follows you too closely and ends up crashing into your car from behind is likely to be held liable for the accident. You just need to show that the driver was closer to your car than they should have been considering the prevailing weather and road conditions.
Stopping In A Lane
If something happened to your car while driving in bad weather, it would be irresponsible of you to stop right in the middle of the road. Even if the car cannot move, you should at least push it out of the way so other motorists can safely pass by. Therefore, a driver who leaves their car in the middle of the road because they have a busted tire will be liable for the accident their actions may cause.
For more information, contact a car accident attorney.