What you should know about driving in inclement weather in Bucks County is this: be cautious. Rain, snow, and other inclement weather conditions make driving dangerous. Every motorist must use great caution to avoid a collision. Our auto accident lawyers in Bucks County offer the following advice on driving in severe weather.
What does it mean to drive cautiously?
Cautious driving means taking considerations to protect yourself, your passengers, and other individuals on (and near) the road. Precautions in inclement weather include:
- Ensuring your headlights are on and functioning correctly
- Turning on your low beams (it is best to avoid using high beams in inclement weather)
- Removing sunglasses that reduce your visibility
- Remaining focused
- Ensuring you remain in your lane
- Engaging your four-wheel drive
- Increasing the distance from vehicles in front of you
- Driving more slowly (wet or icy roads are much more difficult to stop on, especially if you are driving at or above the speed limit)
- Driving defensively
- Scanning the road in front of you for black ice
- Avoiding puddles
- Driving in the middle lane to avoid standing water
Standard best driving practices are especially important in bad weather. Obeying traffic signals, using your turn signals, checking blind spots, and obeying other best practices is critical.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges motorists driving in inclement weather to:
The faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop your vehicle. Rain-soaked and snowy roads make it even more difficult to stop a vehicle. The obvious way to reduce your stopping time is to slow your speed.
Get off the road when conditions are not safe
Driving in inclement weather is often dangerous. If you are facing rising water, poor visibility, icy roads, or any other dangerous conditions, get off the road. Prioritize your safety (and that of everyone else on the road) by postponing your trip if possible.
Remain vigilant to your surroundings
Inclement weather almost always reduces your visibility. Seeing pedestrians, other vehicles, and stationary objects becomes more difficult in poor weather. You must be hyper-aware of your surroundings when driving in inclement weather.
Driving in inclement weather in Bucks County can be risky, but reacting to it appropriately can prevent accidents.
What sort of inclement weather may you face in Bucks County?
Inclement weather in Bucks County may include:
Even the sun can be a hazard to safe driving. When an extreme glare shines in a driver’s eyes, they should exercise caution.
Ensure your vehicle is prepared for inclement weather
It is a motorist’s responsibility to ensure a safe vehicle. This includes preparing for inclement weather. You might do this by:
- Ensuring your tires have adequate tread for slippery road conditions
- Ensuring you have functional tire chains if necessary
- Ensuring your headlights are functional and sufficiently bright
- Ensuring your windshield wipers are operational and effective
- Having your brakes checked
- Ensuring your mirrors work
- Fixing any vehicle-related problems you are aware of
Who is liable for an accident in inclement weather?
The same liability rules that apply in good weather and poor weather. Even if the weather plays a significant role in your accident, a motorist may ultimately be liable for accidents.
Consider the example of a vehicle sliding on a snowy road. Even if ice or snow on the road directly caused the accident, insurance companies and attorneys will consider:
- Was the motorist driving too quickly, causing them to lose control of the vehicle?
- Did the motorist have proper tires to drive on snowy roads?
- Did the driver respond appropriately once they began to lose control of the vehicle?
You could also be liable for any accident that occurs due to you not properly maintaining your vehicle. If a vehicle defect caused or contributed to the collision, a vehicle manufacturer or other party could be liable.
How can motor vehicle accident victims obtain compensation?
Insurance may cover damages from a motor vehicle accident in Bucks County. Victims may also instead seek compensation through a lawsuit. When deciding appropriate options, victims (and their lawyers) may discuss:
- The type of damages suffered
- The severity of the damages
- The type and amount of insurance coverage their own policy and the at-fault motorist’s policy provide
- Whether insurance companies agree to a fair settlement
Our firm can represent you throughout your case. We deal with insurance companies and attorneys for you. Settlement negotiations are our responsibility. You simply worry about returning to normalcy after your collision.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC today for help with your Bucks County accident case
We never stop fighting for motor vehicle accident victims. Our team wants to secure damages for you following the accident. Call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335 to see how a car accident attorney in Bucks County can help you. Our representatives will review your case, answer your questions, and explain the next steps.
You pay us nothing up front. Our lawyers only receive a fee if we win your case.