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Winter Driving Tips

Car crashes and collisions can occur at any time of year, but the winter months leave drivers particularly vulnerable. Wet, icy conditions and snow covered roads make driving more hazardous, and without taking the proper precautions, serious and potentially fatal car accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. The following provides alarming facts about winter driving in Kentucky that all motorists should be aware of, as well as bad weather tips for driving that can help to protect both you and your loved ones.

Driving In Snow

Adverse weather conditions make driving more treacherous, and as January generally brings an increased likelihood of freezing rain and snowfall, it is no surprise that car accidents and injuries increase over this month as well. The 2015 Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts report, issued by the state Department of Transportation (DOT), reports that in January 2015 alone, there were a total of 70 recorded fatal collisions, one of the highest monthly totals of the year. In all, a total of 10,000 vehicles were involved in traffic accidents throughout the month, resulting in serious injuries for both drivers and their passengers. These accidents involved multiple drivers where dangerous behaviors such as speeding, reckless driving, or driving under the influence were involved, as well as single vehicle accidents in which drivers run off the road and hit into other objects, such as guardrails, light posts, or trees.

Bad Weather Tips For Driving

Navigating through snow and on dark, curving roads presents special dangers to even the safest and most experienced driver. In order to protect yourself and any passengers, check local weather forecasts and avoid being on the roads in icy or snowy conditions. If you must be out during adverse weather, be sure and follow these winter driving safety tips from the National Traffic Safety Institute:

  • Plan your route, and let others know where you are going and when you expect to get there;
  • Visibility can be an issue, so make sure you have plenty of washer fluid, and that your wipers are in good order;
  • Use caution on snow covered roads, and allow other drivers plenty of space;
  • Allow plenty of time for braking, and avoid pumping anti-lock brakes;
  • Approach turn and curves slowly to avoid skidding;
  • Use caution on bridges and overpasses, as these often freeze before other roads;
  • If you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down, pull as far to the side of the road as possible and wait inside until help arrives.

Contact Us for Assistance

If you or someone you care about has been injured as the result of car crash or collision, contact our experienced Kentucky car accident attorneys today. At the Frank Jenkins Law Office, we provide the professional legal representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable for the damages you have suffered. We can advise you on how to get compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We serve Lexington and the surrounding areas, and are eager to help you today.