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Driving Safely During Winter Snowstorms and Spring Downpours

We have real seasons here in Columbus, Ohio. That means it is hot and muggy in the summer, cool in the fall, cold in the winter, and it rains. It rains a lot. In fact, we generally receive 56 inches of precipitation (snow included) over 133 days each year. That means that it is either raining, snowing, hailing, or sleeting more than one out of three days. However, many people do not take the proper precautions when it comes to driving in poor weather conditions. Maybe there are out-of-towners, recent southern transplants, or locals that just do not understand how dangerous it is to speed when the streets are flooded or iced over. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention report 2.3 million injuries annually on the roads, and many of these are due to poor weather. However, icy or snowy roads are no excuse for collisions to occur. Drivers are expected to adapt their driving behaviors to the weather accordingly. If the roads are wet, drivers need to slow down. If there is dense fog, they need to use their headlights. They may be called “accidents,” but in almost every traffic accident scenario, one or more parties are negligent. Liability will be most likely attributed to the party who caused the crash, and they will owe the other party compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage.

22 Percent of Auto Crashes are Due to Bad Weather

If every day was 70 and sunny, there may be 22 percent fewer traffic collisions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, of the 5.5 million motor vehicle collisions annually, 1.2 million of them are weather related. Of those weather-related accidents, 47 percent were due to rain, 13 percent due to snow and sleet, 10 percent due to icy pavement, 10 percent due to snowy or slushy pavement, and 9 percent due to fog. Wet pavement, overall, was involved in 77 percent of all weather-related traffic collisions.

Driving on Wet Roads After a Dry Spell

The most dangerous time to drive is within the first 24 hours of rainfall following an extended dry spell. During times of sun and dry weather, oil and other debris accumulate on the roads. When rain begins to fall, the oil rises to the surface and creates incredibly slick roads. It is important to take extra precautions during the first few hours of rainfall after it has been dry.

Stay Safe by Following These Simple Bad Weather Guidelines

  • Reduce your speed depending on the conditions;
  • Follow the car in front of you with significantly more room to increase the time in which you have to react to an emergency braking situation;
  • Use your headlights during fog or low-light rain conditions even in the middle of the day;
  • Always use your turn signals;
  • Make sure your car tires are regularly rotated and have plenty of tread. Consider purchasing winter tires for the winter; and
  • Never use cruise control when it is raining or there is snow or ice on the ground.

A Personal Injury Lawyer To Protect Your Rights

If you were the victim in an auto accident that took place in poor weather conditions, contact an experienced Columbus, Ohio car accident attorney today. Call Schottenstein Law Offices at(614) 467-8474to schedule your free consultation. Let us assist you in the recovery process.