Drivers benefit when they navigate the roads with caution under any conditions. However, when winter arrives in Pennsylvania, snow, ice and other hazards make driving more dangerous. Certain driving behaviors could make hazardous winter road conditions even worse, which may increase the chances of an accident.
Driving with care on the road
Icy and snowy roads could become slippery and even cause a vehicle to drift. Crashing into a tree or another vehicle might occur even when the driver travels at a slow speed. It’s important to avoid going above the speed limit during winter conditions. Driving over the speed limit may reflect negligence, especially in snowy weather, and a speeding driver could end up financially responsible for any crashes that he or she causes.
Driving too close to other vehicles cuts down on the braking distance if a sudden stop becomes necessary. An impatient driver might not care that other vehicles drive “too slow” due to snow and ice on the ground. Vehicles that tailgate may find that their behavior contributes to an accident, leading them into civil court.
Unsafe driving could cause head-on collisions, rear-end collisions and other crashes. The risks increase during hazardous weather that impairs visibility and reduces vehicle control, potentially causing disastrous accidents.
Not taking care of a vehicle
Car owners will find it worthwhile to invest money into maintaining their vehicles. Cars with decent tires, brakes and windshield wipers are often safer on the road. A driver who operates a vehicle with several mechanical flaws could put others at risk, so when the driver knows a problem exists and refuses to fix it, he or she may face negligence claims after an accident.
At any time of year, a vehicle that breaks down or stalls presents hazards. Another car could crash into it, possibly leading to a multi-car pileup.
Winter brings hazards and potentially increased risks for motor vehicle accidents. Anyone injured by a negligent driver may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about their legal options.