Driving Safely in Bad Weather

Weather conditions can change in a heartbeat, and when it does, conditions like snow, rain, high wind speeds, and fog can create dangerous driving conditions. Of the six million or so crashes that occur in the United States every year, almost a quarter of these are weather related. Wet pavement is an especially dangerous driving condition, causing nearly 75% of weather-related accidents.

There are a lot of bad weather days in Columbia, but this is no excuse for careless driving. If you have been in an accident because of another driver’s reckless behavior in inclement weather, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek legal representation. The experienced attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC can speak with you about your case and help you receive financial compensation for any associated physical, emotional, and financial damages.

Safety Tips for Bad Weather Driving

It is wise to avoid driving in inclement weather conditions whenever possible. But when you have to be on the roads during unfavorable conditions, there’s a certain set of safety precautions you should pay special attention to, such as the following:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel
  • Eliminate distractions such as food, cell-phones, or makeup
  • Slow down and keep extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Ensure an adequate amount of fuel, windshield washing fluid, and tire pressure
  • Pull over if conditions worsen
  • If you are stuck or stranded, stay in your vehicle

The weather may be so bad that you become stranded on the road way. Although this is a rare occurrence, you should be prepared for this situation. It’s often wise to keep your vehicle stocked with extra snacks and water, jumper cables, a flashlight, extra windshield washing fluid, and a blanket.

Contact a Columbia Personal Injury Attorney for Help

People drive carelessly in all kinds of weather conditions. If you have been the victim of reckless driving, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses or other damages. Our personal injury attorneys at the Goings Law Firm, LLC can help you seek justice. Feel free to contact our Columbia offices today at (803) 350-9230.