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Avoiding Car Accidents While Driving During the Winter in Illinois

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Chicago winter car accident lawyerWith winter approaching more quickly than most of us would like, it is time to revisit the tactics one can utilize to remain safe while driving during winter months. Every winter, more than 75,000 Americans are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall. Despite the fact that winter only makes up a small portion of the calendar, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 17% of all vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions. 

In the state of Illinois, drivers understand how the changing of the seasons can lead to dangerous driving conditions. If you or a member of your family are injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact an attorney and determine your options for pursuing compensation from those whose negligence led to your injuries. 

Remaining Safe This Winter 

While all drivers face increased risk when traveling through inclement weather, there are a few simple steps you can take to increase your chances of arriving at your destination safely: 

  • Wear Your Seat Belt: The first step to take while driving during the winter is properly using your car’s safety features. Snowy weather limits visibility, as well as the functionality of both steering and braking systems, and wearing your seat belt can make all the difference in the event of an accident. According to the NHTSA, seat belts saved more than 14,000 American lives throughout 2016 alone. 
  • Slow Down: Wearing your seat belt can help increase your safety in the event of an accident, but driving with caution can increase your chances of avoiding a collision altogether. Speeding is the most prevalent form of reckless driving, as over 10,000 people were killed in car accidents involving speeding drivers in 2016. In all, speeding accounted for more than 25% of all traffic fatalities throughout the year. When you drive this winter, avoid the urge to speed, especially during treacherous road conditions. 
  • Put on Snow Tires: Snow and ice on the road severely limits the traction of your vehicle. Equipping your car with proper snow tires can help increase your chances of arriving at your destination safely. Snow tires are designed with superior treads that increase a vehicle’s traction in cold weather. Make the safe choice by buying the right tires for the season. 
  • Keep Your Distance: During winter months, drivers face limited traction and decreased visibility. Keeping your distance from other vehicles could save you from being involved in an automobile accident and the potential injuries that can happen as a result. Next time you drive in snowy conditions, keeping a greater distance between your car and other vehicles will give you more time to brake, reducing the likelihood of a collision. 

Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer 

Driving at any time comes with inherent risks, and driving during winter months can be even more dangerous. While driving with caution, wearing your seat belt, and utilizing the proper snow tires can help you increase your safety, the winter weather still puts all drivers in danger. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle collision this winter, a skilled attorney can help you determine who was at fault and pursue compensation from any negligent parties. To set up a free consultation with a Lake County car accident attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

Sources: 

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts

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