Many motor vehicle accidents occur during the winter months. Individuals who know they will be driving or commuting during the winter should obtain snow tires and take other precautions. Driving slowly is key to being safe on the roads when snow and ice present serious risks. Drivers who speed on icy roads may not be able to stop and avoid a traffic collision. Drivers should also increase the distance between their own vehicles and other cars during the coldest time of the year.
The Tulsa, OK personal injury attorneys at Wandres Law, PC offer representation to those injured by negligent drivers in winter weather.
Drivers should adhere to the following guidelines while driving in the winter months:
Even if you drive safely, you can still be injured in an accident because another party is driving in a negligent manner. Contacting a personal injury attorney if you are injured by another driver is important to ensure that you receive proper compensation. Do not wait to begin protecting your rights.
Oklahoma roads can be dangerous during winter. A driver should have proper snow tires before driving in heavy snow, as snow tires and chains will help prevent catastrophic injury. Drivers should not make sudden turns or sudden stops while driving in snowy or icy conditions, as skidding is a serious risk, and being unable to control or stop a vehicle can lead to serious bodily injury.
Heavy falling snow can make it almost impossible for a driver to see everything clearly through a windshield. If you must drive in these conditions, you should take breaks and pull over to the side of the road with your hazard lights flashing when visibility is low.
Driving is an activity you should avoid if you receive alerts to severe weather reports in your geographic area. Fallen trees and collapsed structures will make it more likely that you will suffer serious injury while driving. Every driver should have a weather application that alerts him or her to dangerous conditions caused by severe weather events.
Even if you are driving safely, there are likely other reckless drivers on the road during winter weather. If you see another driver speeding or tailgating, move over and give them space, allowing them to pass you if they want to. Sometimes, another driver will come out of nowhere, lose control, and hit you, and if this happens, seek medical treatment and then learn about your legal rights.
If you or a loved one were injured while driving during the winter season, contact Wandres Law, PC today. Our attorneys can determine if a driver was negligent when driving in winter conditions.
Drivers must adhere to a standard of care, and they have a heightened duty to take extra care due to weather conditions. A driver must behave as a reasonably prudent person, no matter the circumstances. This means that a driver operating a motor vehicle during a blizzard must operate that motor vehicle as a reasonably prudent person would do during a blizzard.
An at-fault driver and his or her insurance company will often attempt to deny liability for winter weather crashes. They might claim that the accident was simply unavoidable due to the weather and that the driver did nothing wrong. You need the right attorney to help prove negligence and liability. We have the resources necessary to challenge large insurance companies that will attempt to offer you a low settlement amount or deny liability altogether.
If you have suffered bodily injury due to the negligence of another driver, contact Wandres Law, PC today. Our attorneys can challenge insurance companies and enable you to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to under the law. The right legal representation will protect your rights and take the stress of the claims process off of you in an already stressful time. Schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case today.