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Why do accidents increase in the winter?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Car Accidents

Few people enjoy driving in the snow. Winter may be one of the worst times of the year for drivers. A large part of this has to do with the weather. But, it also has to do with the actions drivers take when it snows. 

If you’re expected to drive this winter, then you may need to learn about a few ways auto accidents increase. Here’s what you should know:

Roads are slick from ice and snow

There’s no question that driving in the winter is so dangerous because the roads become slick with snow and ice. While many roads are coated in thick layers of salt, it can only help so much. Many side roads are often left uncleared and without any salt.

Drivers may unexpectedly hit a thick patch of snow, slush or black ice, which can cause them to lose control of their vehicle. One of the things that many drivers do when they lose control of their car is slam on their brakes, but this may only exacerbate the issue, leading to an auto accident. 

Heavy snow impairs drivers’ visibility

A driver’s visibility of the road is possibly their number one tool for safe driving. There may be unexpected heavy snow that can block a driver’s vision. As a result, they may not see vehicles in front of them or large snowdrifts. 

Some drivers don’t slow down in the snow

Many drivers are driving in the snow for the first time. One thing about staying safe while driving in the snow is keeping a regulated speed. Driving too fast may cause a vehicle to lose traction, which can lead to severe injuries and accidents.

Auto accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. Victims of auto accidents may need to learn what they can do when seeking compensation for injuries, losses and vehicle repairs.