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Monday, January 22, 2018

Slick Road Conditions Lead to Car Accidents

How can I stay safe while driving in snow and ice?

As much of the Northeast braces for another round of snow, motorists are facing dangerous road conditions.  In New Jersey and neighboring Pennsylvania, several major accidents have led to injuries and road closures.  Numerous multiple-vehicle pileups happened across the region and more could be expected as the winter weather intensifies in the coming weeks.  Our New Jersey personal injury lawyers offer some winter driving tips to help keep your family safe this winter season.

Plan Ahead for Snowy Conditions

Drivers should take the time now to ensure their vehicle is prepared to encounter snow and icy road conditions.  New Jersey drivers should make sure their tires are properly inflated and capable of handling poor road conditions.  Drivers should also fill their gas tanks. Equip your car with some items that could assist you in the event of an emergency in cold conditions.  Have with you a spare tire, jumper cables, a snow and ice scraper, a shovel, and a flashlight.  Consider also stowing some water and nonperishable food items.

Know How to Drive in the Snow

Check the forecast diligently.  If roads are expected to be covered in snow or ice, avoid travel whenever possible.  If you must hit the road, be sure to have your cell phone with you.  When driving in the snow, use extreme caution.  Accelerate and decelerate slowly so as to avoid skids.  Keep your speed down.  Always look and steer in the direction you want to go.  

Drivers that find themselves snowbound are advised to stay with their vehicle.  Your vehicle will provide a safe shelter and is easier for rescuers to spot then if you take off on foot.  Be sure your exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow or ice, as this could lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning.  Call for emergency assistance right away and attempt to conserve your gasoline by running the vehicle sparingly.  

Anyone who is injured in an accident should consult with a personal injury lawyer right away.  You may be eligible to receive compensation for your accident-related injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Act now to preserve your legal rights following any car accident.

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