Winter Is Coming: Winter Weather Increases the Chances of Auto Accidents

You’ve probably seen more than your fair share of car accidents as you travel to and from work, home, daycare or school. That’s why it isn’t a surprise that the number of car accidents increases when you add inclement weather to the mix.

Take a look at the statistics

According to The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • Over 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions, which receive more than five inches average snowfall annually.

  • Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet.

  • More than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually.

  • Nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet.

(source: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration)

Inclement weather has a direct impact on driving safety and increased automotive accidents. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re practicing safe driving tactics – especially during the winter months. Additionally, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of the steps to take in the event you’re involved in a car accident.

What causes increased accidents during winter weather?

Statistically speaking, your chances of being involved in an accident during the winter months increase. Below are a few reasons why inclement weather can lead to more accidents:

  • Snow and ice reduce pavement friction and vehicle maneuverability

  • Limited visibility and reduced friction leads to slower speeds

  • Roadway capacity is decreased

All of these and more can, in turn, lead to high-stress scenarios and decreased focus when driving during the winter months.

What to do if you get in a wreck this winter?

Despite taking as many precautions as possible, accidents can happen. If you find yourself in a car accident during rainy, snowy, or icy road conditions, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Assess your injuries immediately – make sure you are aware of any pain you may be experiencing.

  • Pick up the phone – if you need help right away, call 911. Then contact the police and your insurer.

  • Exchange information – make sure you get the necessary information from each driver involved in the car accident.

  • Contact your doctor – ensure that you are getting the healthcare you need for your condition.

  • Contact your attorney – consider consulting an attorney to gain a better understanding of your personal injury case.

Taking these steps will help you stay organized as you prepare to deal with the legal ramifications following your wreck. Not to mention, taking these steps will help you access healthcare sooner.

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