The indianapolis injury attorneys at the Ken Nunn Law Office see the result of all kinds of accidents, but the kind that comes across their desk more often this time of year are weather-related accidents. Indiana can have weather that create dangerous driving conditions, and being prepared plus knowing what to do when driving in rain, snow, or icy conditions can save your life, or someone else’s.
Visibility is always an issue whether it is drizzling or a downpour, and if you can’t see around you it is a safe bet no other driver can either. Always turn on your lights, even in the daytime, when it is raining. Sometimes that will be the only thing another car can see, and without them a collision is imminent. Keeping your windshield and windows clean at all times will help a great deal, and a good thing to put on your windshield is weather repellent that can be bought at most department stores or auto stores.They really do work at preventing water from adhering to the glass making it much easier to see.
Snow and Ice
The dangers here are slippery conditions that can cause your car to skid out of control. Make sure your tires are in good condition with plenty of tread, and make sure they aren’t under or over inflated. Visibility is an issue here also, so make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are in working order before you set out to drive when it is snowing. Keeping your headlights on low beam will increase your visibility. All of these things will help keep your car on the road in severe weather.
Additional Safety Tips
During any kind of inclement weather, always slow down and be aware of everything around you. Keep a safe distance from all other vehicles, and remember if you are faced with an encounter with another vehicle, you will only have a split-second to decide what to do, so your driving speed will have a lot to do with the outcome, if an accident occurs.
Knowing how to drive in rain, snow, and ice takes experience and skill for most drivers, so if you haven’t driven much in bad weather, or you are a new driver, it is highly advisable you take a defensive-driving course. It can be life-saving if you know how to react beforehand when you encounter certain unavoidable situations that are bound to occur in bad weather.
If you should be involved in a car accident, please contact us at the Ken Nunn Law Office as soon as possible. The quicker we can assess the damage, the easier it will be for us to re-construct the accident so we can determine liability and the faster you can get back to a normal way of life.