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How to decrease the risk of a winter accident

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2021 | Motor vehicle accidents |

The winter season in Indiana can be beautiful with all of the snow and ice that tends to fall. However, the winter precipitation can collect on roadways and might not be cleared before you have to travel. Before you get behind the wheel, there are a few things that you can do to decrease your risk of being in an accident.

Clear your view

Make sure you can see the road if you have to travel when there’s snow and ice to decrease your risk of being in car accidents. Clear away snow and ice from your windshield and the back glass before getting on the road. You want to make sure the side mirrors are free of debris as well. While you’re in the car, keep the defrost on to keep the windshield and back glass clear as much as possible so that you can see the headlights of other cars and any obstacles that might be in the way.

Speed control

Don’t think that you have to be the first one to reach your destination. Slow down on the road when you’re traveling in winter weather to give yourself more time to react to slippery areas that you might not see. You should also increase the following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so that there is more space on the road to react to issues that arise, such as the other car sliding.

Seek help

If you’re involved in an accident in winter weather, an attorney can offer assistance in filing a personal injury claim. Compensation could include lost wages and medical bills that you have as a result of the accident if you’re not at fault.