How Icy Roads Increase Risk of Car Accidents
As reported by Herald News, seven people were injured last night in three separate car accidents on icy Route 24 in Freetown, Massachusetts. The seven injured people were transported by ambulance to neighboring hospitals to be evaluated and treated for neck and back injuries.
Even though the Massachusetts Highway Department salted to highway, the roadway still iced over as the evening temperature dropped below freezing.
Icy roads, especially at night and early morning, are a hazard that we all face as drivers. There are several common sense safety tips that drivers should follow to reduce the risk of a car accident due to icy roads:
- Stay off the roads if possible until the icy conditions improve or the highway department has a chance to salt the roads
- SLOW DOWN! You can’t drive at normal highway speed if the roadway is a sheet of ice.
- Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles around you. Don’t tailgate and stay away from other cars that might try to tailgate you.
- Be extra careful changing lanes and exiting highway. Give yourself plenty of time.
- Try not to slam on brakes as this could cause your wheels to lock. Again, reduce your speed on icy roads. Stay in the right lane and be extra vigilent about speeding vehicles around you.
- Make sure that you keep your windshield clean so that you have a clear view of the road. De-icer windshield washer fluid is a good choice during winter months.
If you are involved in a car accident on the highway, pull your vehicle off to the right breakdown lane if possible. Engage your hazard lights so that your disabled vehicle is visible to other drivers and oncoming cars. Call 911 and wait for the police to respond. Stay in your vehicle so that you are not at risk of being hit by an oncoming car or truck.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car or truck accident, you should contact an experienced car accident lawyer or truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.