February 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The snow and ice that initially turns Milwaukee County into a winter wonderland has severe implications for drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 24 percent of all car accidents
can be traced back to adverse weather conditions like snow and ice. Ice and black ice present on roadways makes it harder for drivers to steer and stop their vehicles and prevents their tires from getting decent traction on the road.
An accident caught on video
Recently, a deadly 70-car pileup on one of Wisconsin's highway was responsible for the death of three people, including a 64 year old man. Amazingly, the accident was recorded on video. The accident occurred during white-out conditions along a Wisconsin highway. The video shows multiple vehicles coming down the highway and then hurriedly hitting their brakes and speeding into cars around them. In the video, viewers can see that many of the motorists involved in the crash were driving too fast for the weather conditions.
At one point one motorist swerved to avoid the wreckage but ended up sliding off of the highway and off the side of the road. Although this accident certainly serves to illustrate that drivers should be more careful about their speed when driving while snow is falling and the roads are icy, it further, it also is a reminder that it is important for drivers to stay in their vehicles until help arrives on the scene. Several people at this accident scene were seen jumping out of their cars to look at the damage done, help out other people and even take pictures of the accident. Exiting your car at a highway accident scene is dangerous to you as well as to other drivers and their passengers.
Driving safely during treacherous winter weather conditions
Although not all weather related accidents can be avoided if drivers continue operating their vehicles at unsafe speeds or driving without adjusting their driving when snow or ice are present on the roads, drivers can play a role in the prevention of winter-weather accidents by:
- Getting enough rest before getting into their vehicle.
- Always carefully looking before proceeding.
- Wearing their seatbelt every time they get in a vehicle
- Not using cruise control when the roads are slick with snow or ice.
If you were in an accident caused by a negligent driver during winter weather conditions, an experienced attorney can help you deal with all the uncertainties associated with a serious accident. Contact an attorney in your area today for more information on how you can protect your legal rights.
Article provided by Domnitz & Skemp, S.C.
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