Winter Weather Accidents: How to Be Prepared

Unfortunately, accidents on the road happen very regularly. These accidents are especially common during the winter months. 

When the weather turns icy and the temperature falls, the likelihood of being involved in a dangerous or even deadly vehicular accident rises. The good news is that there are many things that you can do to protect yourself, as well as many courses of action you can take if an accident does occur, such as contacting qualified Longview TX accident attorneys. 

Why Do Accidents Happen More Frequently in the Winter? 

Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby, as well as other Longview TX accident attorneys, tend to get a lot more calls in the winter months about on-the-road accidents. You may find yourself wondering why the accident risk rises during the colder months. There are many reasons for this, including: 

 

  • People not used to driving in icy conditions
  • People driving too fast in snow or other dangerous winter weather 
  • People driving before their windows have fully defrosted
  • Traveling in winter weather when not necessary to do so
  • Difficulty breaking when snow or ice are present 

These are just a few of many common causes for winter weather accidents. 

Protecting Yourself 

The good news is that there are many things that you can do to protect yourself from the threat of an accident caused by winter weather. 

For starters, know your skill level when it comes to driving in snow and/or ice and act accordingly. If you are not experienced at driving in these conditions, be honest with yourself. Either don't go out when the weather is bad or leave the driving up to someone else. 

If you do choose to drive in winter weather, be as slow and careful as possible. Also be sure to have your vehicle properly serviced and prepared for the winter months. 

Of course, no matter how much you prepare, there is no guarantee that you will not be injured by another, less careful driver on the road. Fortunately, that is where legal experts, like the professionals at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby come into play. They can help you greatly if you are involved in a winter weather accident, so make them your first point of contact.