As snow, ice and sleet hinder commutes, sometimes the best decision a driver can make is to avoid the roadway. Accidents due to poor weather conditions are not uncommon in the area.
Last month, several crashes were reported and schools were closed on January 14. According to the Tennessean, more than 15 accidents were reported by 9 a.m. that morning, as salt trucks attempted to deal with ice and slick spots on roadways.
Remember, if you have no choice but to drive in poor weather, there are some steps you can take that may help you avoid an accident. On icy roads in particular, these include:
- Properly inflating your tires
- Keeping your hands on your steering wheel at all times
- Avoiding distractions such as cell phones
- Keeping a safe distance between your car and other vehicles on the road
- Making sure your brakes are functioning properly
- Slowing down when necessary
Could I Be Held Liable for an Accident That Occurs in Winter Weather?
Remember, even if the weather conditions are poor outside, if you cause a vehicle accident, you could be held liable. This is why it is important to pay attention to the conditions outside if you plan on commuting—the fact that the weather is bad will not make a difference if you make a mistake and injure or kill another driver.
As the weather outside changes, make sure that you prepare for potential road hazards, including ice, snow and rain. Our Nashville injury attorney wants to make sure you stay safe!
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