As New Haven auto accident attorneys we see car crashes of all types. Winter weather and driving conditions can pose a set of risks.
- Increased need for breaking distance. Snowy and icy conditions can prevent a vehicle from stopping as quickly as it might on clear, dry pavement.
- Sliding and skidding. A vehicle that hits a patch of ice, slush, or packed snow may have some, or all, of its tires slide or skid. Anti-lock braking systems can help prevent slides and skids, but they do not eliminate this problem.
- Distracted driving. Distractions like cell phones, car radios, food, pets, and conversations with others in the vehicle can all take a driver’s mind, eyes, or hands away from the task of driving safely. When combined with the increased stopping distances needed by cars on snowy or icy pavement, even a moment’s distraction can have disastrous consequences.
- Decreased visibility. While driving in snow, ice, sleet, or freezing rain, it can become difficult for drivers to see, resulting in accidents. Drivers who fail to clear their cars thoroughly of ice or snow before starting out may also limit ability to see, increasing the chances of accidents.
If you or a loved one were involved in a winter crash, the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm can help you file your claim and protect your long term interests.