Did you wake up recently to frost on your windows and being able to see your breath? Yes, it’s winter here in New England. In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, our firm handles all kinds of personal injury cases in cold weather including slip and fall cases and car accident cases. Today, we will review some common sense reminders for minimizing winter car accidents. Remember, if you have a personal injury, we always offer free case reviews 24 / 7 by text message, call, or web form.
RI Car Accidents: Before You Drive, Check The Weather And Your Car
Be prepared before you go. This is a great time of year in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to inspect your car to minimize car accidents. Let’s ensure your tire tread is sufficient, your fluids are filled up, and your wipers are in good order to name a few items to check. You do not want to end up like this driver:
Also, if you are involved in a car accident, it’s nice to be prepared. Let’s make sure you have emergency supplies in your vehicle since as clothing, flashlights, batteries, water bottles, snacks, medications, first aid kits, and other necessities you may need if you find yourself stuck on the road this winter or in a car accident.
RI Car Accidents: Driving Smart In Cold Weather
We recommend reducing your speed to prevent hydroplaning and losing control of the wheel.
Taking your foot off the accelerator and shifting into neutral can help if you find yourself beginning to skid, but remember to remain steering in the same direction that you would like to go.
According to the Rhode Island State Police, if you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply steady pressure and if you have standard brakes, pump them gently to begin gaining control of the vehicle again and bringing it to a stop.
What Do I Do If I Am Involved In A Cold Weather Car Accident?
If you are in a car accident, especially in cold weather, stay in the car. Call 911. Please do always have the police come out to assist you and most importantly, this ensures the police will generate a police report that can be helpful for your personal injury case.
According to the American Journal of Public Health, there were approximately 1300 people killed, and more than 116,800 people suffered personal injuries in car accidents that occurred in snow, slush, or icy pavement last winter. Both nonfatal and property damage only car accidents increased in the snow. So stay smart and safe and if you do suffer an injury, get Bottaro Law on your side!
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At the Bottaro Law Firm, we care for people. Attorney Mike Bottaro and his team handle all types of personal injury cases including car accident cases throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We can also help on cases in other states as well. Honesty. Integrity. Results. Call or text us right now 24/7 for live help with a free case review at (401) 777-7777; chat, email, or feel free to complete our online form. We are here to serve and help you!