As the polar vortex continues to bring more winter weather to the Asheville area, traveling in your car becomes far more dangerous due to snow and ice. Although many people may believe that they are capable of driving in the snow because of former experience or having four-wheel drive, this false confidence leads to far more car wrecks then normal.
Winter Weather Liability
When a winter storm brings snow and ice, many people believe that winter weather relieves them from liability for a car accident. However, this belief is far from the truth. Although the existence of winter weather does create hazardous driving conditions that are beyond the driver’s control, this does not change any traffic laws or legal rules governing car accidents. The law requires every driver to be aware of the conditions and to drive at a reasonable and prudent speed. As a driver, you can and will be held liable for your driving or the consequence of your driving in any weather conditions. Because of this, it is important to seriously consider whether driving during winter weather is essential. By limiting your driving, you decrease the chance of being in a car accident that could not only damage your car, but seriously injury yourself or any other party to the accident.
Winter Driving Tips
When driving a car in winter weather, it is important to use extra care in your driving, even with simple driving maneuvers like turning or braking. Due to the loss in traction and mobility, your car is not nearly as responsive as it normally is. Because of this, make sure that your driving is smooth and controlled, without any jerky or sudden moves that could cause you to lose control. It is also important to drive at a safe speed that allows you to maintain traction the ability to stop if needed. As such, it is safer to travel at a slower speed in order to be able to drive safely. Additionally, although your vehicle may have four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, these car features are essentially useless when driving in icy conditions.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in a winter storm, Contact Us at Minick Law, P.C. for a free consultation. By contacting an experienced car accident lawyer, you are able to find out what your rights are and possible courses of action.
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