Jersey Shore Personal Injury and Employment Specialists

Does the chance of a car accident increase in the winter?

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Drivers who take to the roads during inclement weather may be risking not only their personal safety but that of others. Winter conditions increase the chances of sliding, skidding and spinning due to icy and snowy roads. Even at a slow speed, a vehicle could lose control. Stalled cars in New Jersey also present potential hazards. So, drivers might find it useful to follow established tips for safer driving in the winter.

Adjusting driving behavior for winter weather

Speeding on icy roads might prove hazardous. Driving slowly could be much safer. Even decelerating and accelerating in a slow and controlled manner may be best. Traction suffers on snowy roads, which is why putting winter tires on a vehicle could be a worthwhile investment.

Routine and preventive maintenance may help drivers prepare for the winter. A dead battery could lead to a stalled car, and worn brakes might undermine the ability to stop a vehicle that loses traction.

Issues with negligence and driving in the winter

The potential for an accident may increase due to road conditions. Impatient drivers who speed, fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, follow other vehicles too closely or otherwise operate a vehicle in an unsafe manner may cause an accident. Doing so could lead to a negligence suit. Someone who drives 15 MPH over the speed limit on an icy road might create a disaster for themselves and other drivers.

Drivers also have a responsibility to operate a safe vehicle. Driving with severely dry-rotted tires, rusty brake lines or worn-out brake pads may lead to negligence claims after an accident. If the driver didn’t fix something hazardous, avoiding negligence claims may be difficult after a collision.

Winter conditions may lead to drivers changing their behavior on the road. Those who cause car accidents due to negligence might find themselves in a lawsuit.