Winter-like weather has already hit many parts of the United States, and Illinois is no exception. When weather changes and road conditions change, it could also increase the chance that you may be involved in an accident. During this time of year, it could be prudent to know how to drive more carefully and to remain vigilant.
Unfortunately, many people do not know how to drive safely in winter weather conditions, and some even continue to drive recklessly on icy, snowy or otherwise dangerous roads. If you are the victim of another driver's irresponsible decisions, you generally have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.
Tips for safer driving through winter weather
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 22 percent of the nation's automobile accidents are weather-related. In states like Illinois, where snow and ice can be quite common during the winter months, inexperienced drivers can cause accidents simply because they do not know how to drive safely in those conditions. Some ways that drivers can stay safe during the next few months is to implement the following tips:
- Drivers should be especially cautious and careful when driving near intersections and pedestrian areas.
- Slowing down and avoiding the use of cruise control can make it safer to drive in the snow.
- Drivers should not drive while distracted, but it is especially dangerous to do so in inclement weather conditions.
You can practice all of these tips to make it safer for yourself out on the roads in the winter, but unfortunately, other drivers may not do the same. If another driver is distracted, speeding or driving recklessly through dangerous weather conditions, you may be the one to suffer the consequences. You don't have to suffer in silence, and you may be able to take actions to hold liable parties accountable for your injuries, as well as your financial losses.
The rights of winter-weather accident victims
If you are the victim of an auto accident at this time of year, you may believe that inclement weather or poor road conditions may be to blame. In reality, your accident may be the result of the poor decisions made by other drivers.
It could be useful for you to seek an evaluation of your case after an accident. If another driver is to blame, this step can help you understand the potential option for filing a civil claim against the driver deemed at fault.