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Tips for Minimizing Your Risk of an Accident While Driving in Winter Weather

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Lake County car accident attorneysIllinois is known for its harsh winters. The combination of icy roads, low visibility due to snow, and an increased number of vehicles on the highways can make driving during the winter holiday season especially perilous. This time of year, many people are also attending holiday parties and events where alcohol is served, which increases the number of drunk drivers. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) estimates that over 75,000 Americans are injured in car accidents that occur when it is snowing every year. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident this winter, contact an experienced attorney to learn about your options for compensation.  

Stay Safe While Traveling This Holiday Season

If you plan to travel for the holidays, there are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of being injured in a car accident. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can to do stop other drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol, violating traffic laws, or otherwise driving unsafely. However, you can ensure that you are taking steps to keep yourself and your passengers as safe as possible.

Safety experts and law enforcement officials recommend that you:

  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Many people greatly underestimate the amount of alcohol that it takes for their driving abilities to be negatively affected. The legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.08 percent in Illinois, but even just two or three alcoholic drinks can reduce visual functions and coordination according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Always wear your seatbelt: Although many of us get into the habit of forgetting to put on our seatbelts, this simple action is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid being seriously injured in a car accident. The NHTSA estimates that seatbelts saved the lives of over 14,000 people involved in accidents in the year 2016.
  • Keep enough distance between you and other vehicles: Snow and ice can limit traction and reduce visibility. During hazardous weather, keep a greater distance between your vehicle and other vehicles than you normally would. It is also especially important to avoid speeding during dangerous conditions.
  • Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained: Regular vehicle maintenance is critical in avoiding preventable car accidents. Equipping your vehicle with snow tires during the winter months can also reduce your chances of being involved in a car crash.  

Contact a Waukegan Injury Attorney

The entire team at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. wishes you an enjoyable and safe holiday season. However, if you are involved in a car accident, we can help you determine your options for financial compensation. Call our office at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation with an accomplished Lake County car accident lawyer.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html

https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-safety

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