Drivers can encounter difficult road conditions any time they get in their vehicle. In a recent El Paso area fatal traffic accident, the driver of a pick-up truck allegedly switched lanes to avoid traffic, and hit a Chevy Malibu, which then hit a third car. An elderly woman was a passenger in the Chevy Malibu and, tragically, later died from her injuries at the hospital. Though accidents can occur even in the best weather conditions, it is that time of year again when bad weather begins to play a major role in traffic incidents. Wet and slippery driving conditions are often a factor in winter auto accidents, and accidents will still occur, even when everyone on the road is on their best behavior.
Better Safe Than Sorry
What can be done to minimize the chances that you will be involved in a weather-related accident? A few simple precautions can go a long way in keeping you safe in driving conditions that are less than ideal.
- Stay Prepared! Before you even get onto the road, keeping your vehicle in good condition mechanically is imperative to help you drive safely. Working lights, windshield wipers, and tires are some of the most important things to help keep you safe on the winter roads. Keeping emergency items in your vehicle such as flares, a good spare tire, and jumper cables is a great way to stay prepared.
- Slow Down! The speed limit is exactly that – a limit. In poor driving conditions, keeping your speed under the limit will lessen your chances of losing control of a situation. If you are driving too fast for the condition of the road and the weather, you have a much greater chance of being involved in an accident.
- Stay Sober! In exchange for winter weather, we get to enjoy the winter holidays – and everyone loves to celebrate. However, celebrating and bad driving conditions are a bad combination. Stay off the road if you have been celebrating, for everyone’s sake. It is not just the responsible thing to do, but it is the law in Texas.
I’ve Been Hurt In An Accident – Now What?
If you have been injured in an accident, know that there are legal professionals who want to help you. An attorney will gather the information about your case and help you decide what options are available to you. You need to know how to best proceed with your legal matter, and the attorneys at Pastrana & Lee law firm can help you know your rights. Contact us right away so that we can help you get the best results possible.