How Distractions Can Make Winter Driving Even More Dangerous

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Driving can be dangerous at any time of year, as there are always road hazards, inclement weather, and dangerous drivers that may cause an accident at any moment. However, driving during the winter can be particularly dangerous as outside weather conditions, such as snow and ice, can have a number of effects that increase the chance of an accident occurring, such as making roads slick, making it harder for drivers to see, and making it difficult for drivers to maintain full control over their vehicles.

 

As the number of accidents that occur in the U.S. tends to increase during the winter months, it is even more essential that all drivers focus on the road and do their utmost not to endanger others on the road. Unfortunately, not all drivers take this responsibility seriously and engage in reckless driving behaviors, such as distracted driving. In fact, many drivers continue to engage in the following examples of distracted driving despite the more hazardous weather conditions that winter brings:

  • Visual – removing the eyes from the road to look at something else in the car, such as a mobile device or other person.
  • Manual – taking one or both hands off the wheel to use another object, such as a phone.
  • Cognitive – thinking of things other than driving and surroundings, allowing these ideas and thoughts to distract the driver.

Under any circumstances these types of actions are dangerous behind the wheel; however, when the conditions in which you are driving become more hazardous due to winter weather, these types of distracted driving behaviors can greatly increase the chances that an accident will occur. While most drivers realize that winter weather can make driving more dangerous, many people are unaware of why exactly this is the case. Snow and ice, in addition to high force winds and other winter weather elements, can have a number of serious effects on the roads and a driver, such as the following:

  • Pushing a car from side to side, which can be particularly dangerous if the driver does not have their hands on the wheel, thus cannot correct their path.
  • Snow can cover hidden road defects, such as potholes or shoulder drop offs, that a distracted driver may notice too late in order to take defense or preventative action.
  • Ice can make roads slick, which distracted drivers may fail to account for or drive appropriately on, causing an accident.

Drivers who choose to engage in distracted driving despite the known hazards of winter weather can recklessly endanger the lives and well-being of others. In such a situation, an unsuspecting person may sustain serious injury, allowing them to potentially seek restitution from the responsible driver with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Any time a driver chooses to drive in an unsafe manner, whether in the winter or otherwise, they should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions.

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A Safety Guide for New Motorcyclists

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Unlike seasoned bikers, new motorcyclists are more likely to get involved in accidents, particularly because of their inexperience on the road. Old riders who are losing their agility are equally susceptible to crashes as well. Since the likelihood of getting involved in a bike accident exists, it goes without saying that amateur bikers should take the necessary precautions to keep them safe on the road. Below is a look at some fundamental safety measures every new motorcyclist should adhere to.

Enroll for Safety Classes

Before you even get on the road, you need to be well acquainted with the basics of safe biking. You need to distinguish different road signs and what they mean. As a motorcyclist may enjoy a little more mobility and freedom on the road but a small mistake may lead to a fatal crash. Hone your skills before hitting the road as it makes you more confident. Safety classes will prepare you for a better first time on-road experience. Be sure to enroll for refresher courses once in a while to take your riding proficiency a notch higher.

Choose the Bike According to Your Riding Abilities

As a beginner, you’re better off with a bike that you can easily control. There is nothing wrong choosing a powerful bike, but if you can’t control it, then that’s a recipe for disaster. The size and the weight of the motorcycle are equally important. The lighter the bike, the easier it is for you to control it. Go for a cycle whose handlebars and controls are easy to reach. Most importantly, you should be able to touch the ground with your feet while sitting on the bike.

Wear a Helmet

According to statistics, wearing a helmet while biking lessens the odds of a head injury by 50%. An estimated 97% of all motorcyclists who die in a crash do not have their helmets on. Thus, every biker, irrespective of age or level of experience should wear a helmet every time they ride.

Fit Your Bike with Anti-Lock Brakes

To reduce the risk of getting involved in an accident, your motorcycle needs to come to a halt within seconds of pulling the brakes. However, without anti-lock brakes, the likelihood of losing control of the steering is relatively high. Not being a position to control the bike during an emergency stop can lead to a serious crash. Consider fitting your bike with anti-lock brakes because they are quite affordable, and could save your life. Besides, bikes with anti-lock brakes attract a discount on insurance premiums.

When Involved in a Motorcycle Accident, Seek Legal Help

Even with the most careful biking, the risk of getting involved in an accident always exists. When a motorcycle accident occurs, contact a personal injury attorney as fast as you can. The after effects of an accident may be too weighty to handle on your own. However, with a motorcycle accident lawyer by your side, dealing with an accident case is swift and easy. The attorney will pursue compensation for damages caused by the accident on your behalf, thereby allowing you to concentrate on recuperation.

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Are Driving Laws Enough to Deter Road Incidents?

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