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Reducing accidents on slippery winter roads

Bad winter weather often coats New Jersey roads with ice and snow, and the slippery conditions contribute to many motor vehicle accidents. Drivers who follow the best practices for driving in the winter reduce their chances of getting into a wreck.

When wet, icy or snowy weather threatens an area, people should limit their driving whenever possible. The risk is not worth it to make nonessential trips on hazardous roads. For the times when people find themselves on slippery roads, they should reduce their speed because vehicles need more space to stop in those conditions. Braking should be done lightly and deliberately. Hitting the brakes hard to make a sudden stop could cause a vehicle to spin or slide.

Similarly, drivers should accelerate and decelerate in a slow and gradual manner. Icy conditions simply make the contact of tires and road unpredictable, and rapid changes in momentum introduce a greater possibility of losing control. The issues related to braking and acceleration justify the advice to avoid tailgating in winter. A safe following distance provides more space for drivers to react to unexpected changes in any season.

People who have been injured in a car crash that was caused by another motorist's failure to take prevailing weather and road conditions into account often sustain serious injuries that require lengthy and expensive medical care and treatment. In many cases they are unable to return to work for prolonged periods if at all, further worsening their financial condition. They might find it advisable to have the assistance of counsel when seeking compensation for their losses.

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