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Avoiding winter driving accidents in Wisconsin

Winter driving can present many challenges even to the most skilled motorists. Here are some things that individuals can do to help them remain accident-free during the winter months.
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    December 14, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Longtime Wisconsin residents are well aware of the challenges posed when driving during the winter. As temperatures begin to fall, it can be more difficult to remove snow and ice that has accumulated on area roadways. These deteriorating conditions make traveling much more difficult, and drivers need to be aware of the impact that this will have on their safety.

All drivers, no matter how long they have been driving, should take some time to prepare for the upcoming winter. A few moments of preparation can help motorists avoid being involved in one of the many motor vehicle accidents that happen when the snow starts falling.

Even before a motorist gets behind the wheel, there are steps they can take to ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained and ready for the changes in the weather. The condition of the vehicles' tires is especially important, as tires that are worn make it difficult to stop on icy or snow-covered roadways. Drivers should also clean any snow or ice off of their vehicles before driving, as build-up of ice and snow can cause visibility problems, which may lead to an accident. It is especially important that drivers clear snow and ice from headlights or turn signals, as many accidents can result if these lights remain obstructed.

When traveling in poor weather conditions, motorists should be sure that they are driving at a safe speed. In normal conditions, many drivers are able to make the sudden moves to avoid an accident. When roadways are filled with snow and/or ice, it may not be as easy to prevent a crash. Motorists should check their ability to stop on snow/ice covered roadways, and adjust their speed accordingly.

Those involved in crashes during winter weather events should remain with their vehicles. This ensures that anyone responding to the accident will be able to locate the individuals and provide treatment for any injuries. Those who leave their vehicles could wind up lost and risk being injured by passing vehicles.

Regardless of how much experience you have behind the wheel, it is important that you practice safe driving habits when traveling during a snow or ice storm. Taking extra precautions can help you avoid becoming involved in a crash caused by motorists who may not know how to handle winter road conditions.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney right away. An experienced personal injury law firm can help you navigate the car accident process and inform you of all your potential claims for compensation. An attorney will be able to provide detailed advice about any settlement offers that you receive, and help you decide what is best for your particular situation. If your case goes to trial, you need to work with someone who understands how to present your claims to the jury in order to maximize your chances at recovery.

Article provided by Domnitz & Skemp, S.C.
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