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Top Causes of Auto Accidents in the Winter

Published on March 22nd, 2013

Each winter, you may notice an increase in reports about car accidents. This is because the seasonal elements of winter make it much more difficult to safely navigate the Chicago roadways. Here are some common driving behaviors that can result in an accident during the winter:

Maintaining an inadequate driving distance

Braking or accelerating too quickly can force your car to spin out of control and veer off the side of the road. This is especially true in snowy or icy conditions. You need time to slowly apply the brakes, so you should maintain a reasonable driving distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Traveling too close to the car in front of you will prevent you from having enough space to respond if that driver were to suddenly slow down.

Failing to adapt to weather conditions

The fog, ice, and snow associated with winter can make it significantly more difficult to safely drive. You need to adjust your driving behavior to stay safe in different weather conditions. Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses will be the first areas to freeze, so you will need to adjust the speed of your car as you approach these areas. You will also need to drive with headlights on so that other drivers will be able to see you in snowy, foggy, or sleety weather.

Driving with poor tire traction

If the traction of your tires has worn away, it will be much more difficult for you to maintain control of your car when you encounter icy roads. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your mechanic to ensure that your tires are prepared for any weather situation. You may also want to consider replacing your tires with a set of snow tires designed specifically for winter weather.

Call Shea Law Group at (888) 529-4185 to schedule an appointment with our experienced personal injury attorneys. We are dedicated to helping accident victims receive the compensation they need to heal and move on. You can learn more about our services by giving us a call or by visiting our website.

 

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