The Spokane area saw several devastating crashes toward the end of December 2020. One of the most devastating was a five-vehicle crash that occurred on TJ Meenach Bridge on December 26th. Additional details about the crash remain uncertain, but the snow and ice-covered roads appear to have initiated the impact. Due to the weather, motorists were advised to exercise caution while driving.
Driving safely over the ice and snow can be challenging for even the most skilled driver. Motorists should never underestimate the challenges presented by icy and snowy conditions. The Federal Highway Administration has found that 21% of crashes are weather-related, which includes accidents due to ice or snow. Drivers should learn some critical steps to avoid ending up in car accidents.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is Adequately Prepared for Winter Weather
Before even venturing over snowy or icy roads, make sure that your vehicle is adequately prepared. This means taking your vehicle in to receive routine maintenance. In the winter, it is a good idea for motor vehicle drivers to pay special attention to various features of the vehicle including its battery, coolant, tires, and wipers. Before heading out on the road, it is also always a good idea to clear the ice and snow from the vehicle's windows.
Prepare Yourself to Drive in Winter Weather
Make sure to drive slowly. It is harder to control or stop your vehicle on a road covered with ice or snow. Increase your distance from other vehicles on the road so you have a sufficient amount of time in which to stop in case an emergency occurs. It is also critical to learn how your vehicle handles on ice and snow so you are prepared to respond in case the vehicle spins out.
Remain Braced for an Emergency
Even if you and your vehicle are adequately prepared, accidents will still occur. Any vehicle can suddenly break down. It is not uncommon for people to become stranded in adverse weather conditions. Consequently, it is a good idea to make sure that your vehicle is adequately stocked with emergency supplies in case you need to wait for help to come. This should include things like blankets, flashlights, and jumper cables.
Winter driving demands the highest degree of care. You as well as everyone inside of your vehicle should make sure to wear seatbelts throughout the ride. Never drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Never operate a motor vehicle when you are distracted by cell phones or anything else.
Speak with an Experienced Car Crash Attorney
If you or a loved one has been impacted by a crash caused by the ice or snow this winter, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.