Every year when winter comes around, drivers must adjust to the risks of driving in adverse weather conditions. Safety authorities say that, of all motor vehicle accidents that occur nationwide, 17 percent happen during the winter. This underscores the need for all drivers in North Carolina and other states where snow and ice are present on the roads to prepare themselves and their vehicles before the onset of winter. Those who were unprepared for the current harsh winter might have caused accidents that caused injuries to others.
Preparation of a vehicle for winter requires extra attention to tires, battery, coolant, wipers and other parts that could be affected by dropping temperatures. Vehicle owners are also advised to fit snow tires even before the first snowfall. Every trip should start with clearing snow, ice and dirt off the car, the windows, headlights, forward sensors, backup camera and taillights.
Drivers should also prepare themselves for slower driving because snow-covered and slick roads make controlled stopping more challenging. Increased following distances is safer because it allows a driver more time to stop if necessary. Authorities also advise drivers to check the weather forecast before taking to the road. They should also plan for the safest route and allow extra time to avoid having to rush to get to the destination. It might also be smart to pack blankets, jumper cables, emergency lights, flares, water and something to eat to keep everybody in the vehicle safe in the event of a breakdown or other emergency.
Despite the best preparations, anyone in North Carolina might be the victim of another, unprepared driver’s negligence, and victims of such motor vehicle accidents might be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. Navigating a lawsuit could be challenging but might be simplified with the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Legal counsel can advocate for the plaintiff throughout the ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of recovery of financial and emotional damages.