The Washington State Patrol recently reported that a charter bus carrying members of the University of Washington's marching band rolled onto its side on Interstate 90. No serious injuries are reported to have occurred from the accident, but 25 students were taken to a nearby hospital to receive care. At the time accident occurred, road conditions were very slippery and icy.
Statistics compiled by the site SaferWinterRoads.org reveal that over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 injured each year in motor vehicle accidents that occur on snowy or icy pavement. Fortunately, by following the safety advice listed below, you can greatly decrease your chances of ending up in an accident this winter.
Clean Off Your Vehicle
Before operating your vehicle, make sure to brush the snow off and scrape any ice from the windows. Driving while peering through a small cleared spot on your vehicle's windshield greatly reduces your visibility and substantially increases the chance that you will end up in a serious accident.
Avoid Driving too Fast
Tires are known to lose their grip much more easily in icy conditions, which makes it more difficult to safely accelerate, brake, and turn in the winter. Avoid traveling over 45 miles per hour to make sure that you have adequate time to react. Driving more slowly will also help to decrease the amount of damage that occurs if you do end up striking an object.
Turn Down the Vehicle's Heat
While it can get particularly cold in Spokane, it is important to avoid raising the temperature inside your car too much because this increases the chance that you will become drowsy or fall asleep while driving. It is a good idea to keep the temperature in your vehicle around 72 degrees.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
Attempting to do two things with a vehicle can greatly compromise your ability to drive safely. Instead, focus on only accelerating, braking, or turning instead of trying to do both. When turning, slowly apply brakes while the vehicle is going straight.
Understand Your Vehicle's Controls
Many motor vehicles have unique ways to shift gears or access features that make it easier to drive in the snow. By learning where these controls are located in a vehicle, you will make sure that you utilize all of the available safety features in your vehicle and reduce your risk of an accident.
Speak with an Experienced Accident Attorney
If you end up in an accident this winter and another party is responsible, you should not hesitate to obtain the assistance of an experienced accident attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free consultation. We have helped many people impacted by motor vehicle accidents obtain the compensation they deserve. We know what it takes to make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner.