Driving On Ice
The best way to avoid an accident due to icy road conditions is simply not to drive. This is not always possible, however. By being prepared and equipped with the knowledge of how to drive on ice, Connecticut motorists have a higher probability of avoiding an accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident due to driving on ice, you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses, depending on the circumstances of the crash. We encourage you to contact our lawyers today to discuss the merits of your claim. We can determine if you have reason to file a lawsuit and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for any damages.
To begin exploring your legal options, contact our auto accident attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form to the right.
Tips for Driving on Ice
If you must drive in snowy conditions, it is critical that your car is prepared and that you know how to handle icy roads. Follow these tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe on Connecticut roads and highways this winter:
- Slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Experts recommend leaving as much as three times the amount of space that you usually leave under good weather conditions.
- Brake gently, when necessary, to avoid skidding. If your wheels begin to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Make sure your lights are on. Not only will this help you to see, it will increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- To keep traction, especially on hills, drive in low gear.
- Never use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
- Exercise extreme caution on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, as these tend to freeze first. Even when the temperature is above freezing, if the road is wet, you may encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways.
- Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks.
- Never assume your vehicle can handle all types of road conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles are susceptible to the dangers present on icy roads.
- Before getting on the road, make sure that your tires have enough tread. According to The Tire Rack, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread in order to have adequate snow traction.
- Be on the look-out for “black ice.” A good rule of thumb to follow is if the road looks slick, then it probably is. Black ice, also known as “glare ice,” is an almost transparent ice that looks like a puddle.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer Today
Regardless of your driving ability or vehicle preparation, there are some winter conditions that can’t be conquered. While these tips may help to prevent icy road auto accidents, sometimes a crash is unavoidable. If you have been involved in a Connecticut auto accident, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible as you may be entitled to file a claim to recover your losses.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we offer free legal consultations to Connecticut accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our team of legal professionals will review the circumstances surrounding your claim and recommend the best course of legal action to pursue.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Connecticut car accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.