Hampton, VA Accident Injury Lawyer Report : The Dangers of Driving in Ice and Snow
Winter brings its own hazards to the roads, even in Virginia which often escapes the icy chill seen further north.
This was graphically illustrated in December 2012 when a tractor trailer jack knifed in icy conditions along I-64 westbound in Greenbrier County.
In this case the driver was able to escape with minor injuries, according to emergency workers.
Drivers in Virginia are often poorly prepared for black ice and snowy conditions. In many case they fail to slow down or brake hard, causing accidents that can prove fatal or result in serious injuries such as brain damage or spinal injuries.
See these winter weather driving dos and don’ts.
Icy conditions typically claim about 500 lives nationwide every year.
The website Weather.com suggests these precautions if you are driving in icy or snowy conditions.
- Slow down leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car, truck or motorcycle in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease your foot off the brake.
- Turn on your lights in bad visibility to increase your visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially when driving on hills.
- Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
- Be very careful on bridges, overpasses and little traveled roads, which typically freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways such as bridges.
- Don’t pass snow plows, sanding trucks or other clearing vehicles. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
- Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
If you have been hurt by the fault of another driver who fails to adjust to icy or snowy conditions, you may have grounds to make a claim. Contact an experienced Hampton, VA car accident lawyer.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in specializing in auto injury as well as other accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. Our motto is: “Your Injury. Our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.