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Tips For Avoiding Weather-Related Auto Accidents

  • Posted on: Jun 25 2019
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A condition known as “weather blindness” is a major cause of accidents in the United States.  Weather blindness occurs when a driver’s ability to see clearly is affected due to weather conditions. To put it simply—when drivers can’t see, accidents happen. Driving in such weather conditions puts drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk. In other words, you should never drive if your vision is impaired in any way. And not only is driving in poor weather conditions a bad idea, it also isn’t an acceptable legal excuse for causing an accident.  Driving too fast for the conditions can result in a reckless driving or other traffic charge. Protect yourself and those around you from both physical and legal repercussions, by reviewing and following the tips below for avoiding weather-related auto accidents in Virginia. 

Dealing with fog

When dealing with fog:

  • Use your low beams instead of your brights. Although people often use their brights in foggy weather, bright headlights can actually bounce off the fog, further decreasing visibility.
  • Slow down. 
  • Pay close attention to road markings. 
  • Use your wipers.
  • Use your defroster.
  • Turn off your radio to decrease distractions.

Dealing with sunlight

When dealing with bright sunlight:

  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Use your visor.
  • Pay attention to road markings.
  • If possible, try to avoid driving directly into the direction of the sunlight.

Dealing with rain and snow

When dealing with rain and snow:

  • During the day, wear sunglasses to decrease the reflection of the snow or raindrops. 
  • Use your wipers.
  • Use your defroster.
  • Turn on your lights to help you see and to help others see you.
  • Slow down to avoid hydroplaning or sliding.
  • Pay attention to road markings.
  • Follow the car ahead in front of you, but be sure to leave an adequate amount of space between your car and other vehicles.
  • If your vision is severely restricted by rain or snow, pull over to the side of the road immediately until it stops snowing or raining, 

Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys

Auto accidents can result in a variety of ailments, including mental trauma, injury, disability, and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured by another driver in an automobile accident, you need experienced Virginia legal representation to ensure that you are properly compensated. At Walker Jones, PC,  Susan Pierce, an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney is dedicated to helping those who have been injured in automobile accidents receive compensation for their injuries. Susan Pierce has been a Virginia injury lawyer for over thirty years and works tirelessly for her clients, guiding them through the legal system while ensuring that they receive effective and aggressive legal representation. For assistance with your automobile accident, please call Walker Jones today for a free consultation with Susan Pierce. 

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