Posted in Car Accident on February 25, 2020
While temperatures are continuing to fluctuate in Middle Tennessee, it’s important to remember that there’s still several weeks of winter left—and that means the possibility of dangerous roads. Inclement weather is one of the biggest risk factors for auto accidents, and few weather events are more dangerous than freezing temperatures that result in the accumulation of ice and snow on roadways.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers know that crashes are extremely common on days when roads become slick and icy. If you’ve ever commuted into or out of Music City on a snow day, you’ve undoubtedly experienced major delays on the area’s interstates and highways due to crashes and backups. While those delays can be a major inconvenience, it’s important to remember that many winter crashes cause serious injuries, and that’s why you should do everything in your power to avoid one.
Prepare Your Vehicle Before You Hit the Road
Winter weather is hard on vehicles. If yours isn’t up to the task, it could make your risks even greater should you encounter ice or snow on the road. Follow these tips to ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape the rest of this winter:
Ensuring that your vehicle is fully road-worthy can significantly reduce your chances of an accident, but it can’t eliminate it. Your best defense against a crash is still being an attentive and safe driver.
Keep These Tips in Mind While Driving
Although you can’t control the weather or the behaviors of other drivers, you can control your own driving skills and habits. Being a safe driver is important year-round, but it’s especially vital when roads are potentially dangerous. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and other drivers by following these tips:
In addition to these tips, it’s also helpful to stick to main highways whenever possible during and after inclement winter weather. Those roads are more likely to be treated with salt, brine, and other de-icing chemicals. Back roads and less-traveled roads may still be slick and dangerous, even for drivers traveling at slower speeds.
We Help Winter Crash Victims Get the Compensation They Deserve
Although the risk of crashes goes way up when roads are icy, it doesn’t always mean that accidents are a foregone conclusion. In almost all cases, drivers can remain fully in control of their vehicles by being cautious, keeping their eyes and focus on the road, and reducing their speed. When they fail to do so, serious accidents and injuries can occur.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville auto accident attorneys work hard to help innocent victims get compensation after crashes that weren’t their fault. Regardless if the weather 75 degrees and sunny, or 20 degrees and snowing, we believe that all drivers share a responsibility to make Tennessee’s roads as safe as possible. And when they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, they should be held liable.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident this winter or any other time of year, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you the money you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.