Winter Driving Tips for Atlantans
When you imagine a winter storm, Atlanta doesn’t typically come to mind. Indeed, if Atlanta gets more than a few inches of snow, the entire city tends to shut down for days. However, Atlanta’s roads are still quite dangerous during the winter season.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, you should contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer. The lawyers at will help you determine who was at fault, so that you can help recover the compensation that you deserve.
Keep Your Headlamps On at All Times
The sun rises late and sets early during the winter. As a result, it is usually quite dark during everyone’s morning and evening traffic commute. Those low light conditions dramatically increase the likelihood that car accidents will occur. Keep your headlights illuminated so that you can always see ahead of you and so that other vehicles can see where you are at all times.
Use Caution When It’s Raining
Atlanta doesn’t get much snow during the winter season, but it does get a lot of rain. When it rains, roads become slippery, especially when the rain freezes on the pavement. Check the weather before you leave for work and from work each day. If it’s raining, you should always assume there’s ice, especially in areas that don’t get much sunlight, such as under a bridge, or the streets around tall skyscrapers.
Keep Your Gas Tank As Full As Possible
If you are involved in a car accident when the road conditions are unsafe, it might be quite a while before the emergency rescue team arrives. If you run out of gas while you’re waiting for the rescuers, you won’t be able to heat your car and you might get exposed to frostbite.
Even if you simply run out of gas while driving, the nearest gas station might be a few miles away. If you have to walk to the gas station, you might not be able to stay warm and you could be hit by a vehicle that slips off of the road.
Purchase A Cold Weather Emergency Kit
It’s critical that you carry a cold weather emergency kit in your vehicle during the winter. Your cold weather emergency kit should include the following safety items:
- A folding shovel with a sheath that can be used to dig yourself out of snow or ice.
- A flashlight so that you can have visibility when it’s dark out.
- An emergency whistle or radio
- Hand warmer packets
- Emergency survival blanket
- Emergency warning lights or candles
- Ice scraper
- A wool cap, gloves, and scarf
- A first-aid kit
Contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Today
Winter car accident cases can be challenging because there are typically multiple factors that contribute to the collision, such as snow, ice, rain, low visibility, and driver error. The at-fault driver’s insurance carrier might also try and place some of the blame on you. Often, you must file a lawsuit in order to recover fair compensation from the insurance company.
The lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC are veteran trial attorneys that have successfully litigated disputed liability cases for decades. If the insurance company won’t treat you fairly, we will hold them accountable.