When the weather gets bad in Colorado, it’s best to stay at home as much as possible. Unfortunately, there might be times when you have to leave the house to go to work or catch an appointment. If you’re not adequately prepared, a simple drive could lead to disaster.
How being unprepared in the snow can lead to accidents
If you’ve never driven in the snow before, you could easily go off the road. Even if you have, it’s important to test out your vehicle’s features and make sure you’re familiar with everything before the weather gets bad. You can practice driving, turning and braking in a dry area so you’re more prepared for snowy weather conditions. Otherwise, you might not know what to do if your car starts sliding on the ice.
You could also get caught off guard if you’re not paying attention to the weather. Getting caught in the middle of a snowstorm can be more dangerous than driving through a few inches of snow because you didn’t have time to prepare for what was coming. Always listen to the radio and check the news before you leave, especially in the fall and winter months. Otherwise, you might end up on the receiving end of a personal injury lawsuit.
Not having the right supplies can also be dangerous. Make sure your vehicle is stocked with clothes, blankets, flashlights, a first-aid kit and other supplies you might need if you get stuck in a bad area. If your car goes off the road, it could be hours before a rescue team arrives. You might even get hit with a lawsuit for putting someone else in danger.
What if you weren’t at fault for the accident?
Countless studies have shown that car accidents are more likely to happen in bad weather. If another driver loses control of their vehicle, they could slide off the road and slam into your car, leaving you with serious injuries. An attorney could be of assistance in filing a claim for medical bills and other losses.