Pennsylvania winters can be a bad time for car accidents, what with ice and snow causing tires to lose traction and cars to spin out of control. Regardless of the weather, though, everyone is expected to practice safe driving. There are a few tips to stay safe on the road.
First, drivers should limit their excursions to work-related matters, shopping and other essentials. Once on the road, drivers should lower their speed. In some cases, they may need to put it below the posted speed limit. Then, drivers should stay far from the vehicle in front.
Accelerating and braking are to be gradual in icy or snowy weather. Drivers with ABS need to know how to brake properly with this as well. When approaching a traffic light, try not to come to a complete stop but try instead to keep momentum until the light turns green. Accelerating from a complete stop is hard due to lack of traction. Drivers who go uphill will want to gain momentum on the forward part first and never let up until reaching the crest. Neither slow down nor feed the gas while on the incline.
One of the first things that needs to take place after a motor vehicle crash is the determination of fault. The failure to take into account prevailing road and weather conditions can in some cases be deem a sign of negligence. People who have been injured in these types of accidents often need lengthy and costly medical care and treatment, and many of them are unable to return to work while they are recovering. They might find it advisable to have a lawyer’s assistance when seeking compensation for their losses.