It is winter, which means that drivers in Colorado will likely have to drive in snowy or icy conditions at some point. Most people who live in the state have experience driving in less-than-ideal conditions during portions of the year. Even drivers who have driven on icy roads should remember to stay safe.
Winter weather is not an excuse for poor decisions made while behind the wheel. Drivers are responsible for knowing how to get from place to place in snowy or icy conditions, and inexperienced individuals in this type of driving should stay off the roads. Victims of accidents caused by people driving irresponsibly in winter weather have the right to pursue their option to file a civil claim.
Tips for better driving during winter
All drivers should take the time to check their cars to ensure that they are ready to drive in bad conditions. Poorly maintained vehicles can cause serious issues in poor weather conditions.
Additionally, you and other drivers can do the following to stay safe during the winter:
- It is smart to leave extra room between cars. This is one way to make it safer while driving in the winter as vehicles can take longer to come to a complete stop if roads are wet or icy.
- When there is poor visibility, drivers should drive slowly and be aware of any other vehicles on the road.
- Snowplows are common on Colorado roads, and people who drive too fast or pass inappropriately can cause serious accidents.
If you believe that your car accident was the result of a driver who was reckless or negligent while driving in winter weather conditions, you have options. You can hold reckless drivers accountable by seeking compensation for your pain, medical expenses and other issues caused by a car accident
Winter drivers should be safe drivers
Weather and road conditions can have a serious impact on a driver’s ability to operate his or her vehicle safely. Distraction and inexperience can increase the chance of causing a serious accident, especially in bad weather or during ice and snow.
You may assume that you do not have a case, or you may be unsure of how to move forward after an accident. While the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, you should have an attorney evaluate your case and explain your legal options.