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Massive Detroit pile-up last year a reminder to drivers to be careful in snowy and icy weather

According to the National Safety Council, drivers who speed contribute to a large portion of car accidents in rain, snow and fog.
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    December 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Michigan drivers are already experiencing winter weather conditions, with fall rain and fog turning to snow and ice in many parts of the state. As most drivers know, winter weather is extremely dangerous to drive in. Unfortunately, speeding and other reckless driving behaviors are a major cause of preventable accidents in bad weather.

According to the National Safety Council, drivers who speed contribute to a large portion of car accidents in rain, snow and fog. Even if a person is going the speed limit, he or she can be charged for driving too fast for conditions if visibility or road traction is poor. It isn't always easy to predict the factors that can contribute to a bad-weather crash.

Tragic multi-vehicle accident last year warns people to drive safely

Many Detroit residents will remember the terrible multi-car pileup that occurred on Interstate 75 last year. According to U.S. News, an unexpected snow squall blinded drivers, many of whom slammed on their brakes and slid out of control on the roadway. This set off a chain reaction that involved at least 30 passenger cars and semi-trucks, killing three people and injuring at least 40.

In sudden whiteout conditions, it may be unavoidable for drivers to brake quickly in an attempt to get out of traffic. However, AAA advises drivers to avoid slamming on their brakes whenever possible, saying that suddenly braking can cause a driver to lose control. In bad weather, drivers can avoid getting into an accident by pulling over where it's safe and waiting until weather conditions have changed.

TeensHealth also offers these tips for driving in poor weather conditions:
- Use fog lamps, but not high beams, in foggy conditions.
- Turn headlights on when visibility is low.
- Slow down in rain, snow or fog.
- Keep the vehicle prepared for bad weather, including properly inflating tires and being sure there is enough wiper fluid.

If at all possible, avoid going out in bad weather and wait until the roads are clear.

Contacting an attorney

It may be unavoidable to drive when the roads are bad, and it can also be hard to prevent an accident when the weather is unpredictable. Accidents in wet or icy weather can result in serious injuries. Drivers who have been injured in an accident because another driver was driving recklessly should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out about their rights, which may include compensation for their medical expenses.

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