Motor vehicle drivers should take extra care on Baltimore roadways during winter months
For many people, winter months bring excitement and joy. For others, the cold and snow are simply the cost of living in the Baltimore area. Whether you love wintery weather or despise it, it is very important to respect the conditions that we face during the winter months; snowfall, even a minor amount, can dramatically impact the safety of motorists on Baltimore roadways.
Several surveys conducted by traffic safety agencies throughout the country and the region demonstrate the fact that car accidents are far more common during winter months. This makes it important to understand the reasons behind the increase in accident rates, and the steps you can take to limit the dangers you face on the road.
Why are accidents more common in winter months?
There are several factors that lead to the increase in Baltimore-area traffic accidents during winter months, including:
- Inexperience: Drivers in the Baltimore area often lack the experience of driving in inclement winter weather, as many area residents are transplants from warmer weather states, or less experienced drivers altogether. The number of inexperienced winter drivers behind the wheel increases the chances of human error, and the potential for an accident.
- Unpreparedness: Many Baltimore-area residents own vehicles that are ill-suited to handle winter weather conditions. Others fail to take steps to improve the performance of their vehicles during the winter, such as installing snow tires or putting sand bags in the trunk. When snow or ice gathers on the roadway, these vehicles struggle to perform safely and effectively.
- Stubbornness: An unfortunate number of winter accidents can be avoided by simply staying home when the roads are dangerous. Far too many drivers ignore the potential for danger, and take to the road when it is much safer to skip the trip to the store.
These factors, among many others, create the potential for serious Baltimore car accidents, which often lead to severe injuries to the drivers and passengers involved.
How can I reduce my chances of a winter weather car accident?
There are many strategies you can take to limit the chances of a winter weather car accident, including:
- Slowing down: It may seem obvious, but many drivers overlook the simple strategy of slowing down when conditions are snowy or icy. If you absolutely have to be on the roadway during inclement winter weather, plan extra time for the drive and be sure to drive only as fast as conditions safely allow.
- Understanding your vehicle: Many drivers believe that their vehicle is perfectly suited to take on wintery conditions. This isn’t always true, however. Smaller cars and even SUVs and trucks without four-wheel drive are at more risk of an accident during winter months. Even 4×4 vehicles are not immune to the conditions, however, so it is important to know your vehicle’s limitations in snow and ice.
- Staying home: The very best way to avoid a wintery accident is to stay home whenever possible. By avoiding the roads altogether, you eliminate the chances of a crash and the injuries resulting from the accident.
What should I do if I have been in an accident?
If you are one of the thousands of unfortunate motorists that are involved in a car accident during the winter, it is important to understand the legal ramifications of the crash. If the accident was caused by another party’s carelessness or negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for any losses resulting from injuries sustained in the crash.
If you or a loved one have been injured because of another party’s actions, take action immediately. Call our Baltimore car accident attorneys at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.