How to Prepare for Indiana Winter Weather?
We have all noticed that when the weather changes, so does driving behavior. Since we are nearing the winter months in Indiana, we wanted to share some helpful information for winter driving. In Indiana we see several different ranges of weather from rain, sunshine, snow to ice. Most drivers are aware of the ever-changing conditions, but some are not. It is best to be prepared for what weather may lie ahead.
It is important for Indiana drivers to be aware of just how fast road conditions can change during the winter months, whether it be snow, ice, or slush. In an instant a road can become covered and hazardous. During those times, having an increased awareness when driving can save you from being involved in a serious car accident.
How can I be prepared for driving in hazardous road conditions?
The best offense is a good defense. Be prepared for wet, slippery roads in the winter months. Make yourself aware of the weather conditions in your area before leaving your home. Be sure to clear your vehicle of snow and ice before hitting the road. Not doing so could cause debris to fly off your vehicle causing damage to other vehicles or even causing a car crash. You also want to be sure to give yourself enough time to get to your destination if you must go out in hazardous conditions. Speeding and driving recklessly on wet, slippery roads can cause a serious or fatal accident.
Below are some additional tips to be prepared for winter driving:
- Make sure your tires have air
- Check all fluids
- Check your battery
- Have new wipers on your vehicle
- Keep a blanket, water bottle, and some food in your vehicle in case you are stranded for a period of time
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Slow down in hazardous weather
According to the Federal Highway Administration seventy percent of the nation’s roads are positioned in snowy regions. Snowy roads can cause freeway speeds to be reduced significantly due to low visibility, snow covered roads, and icy conditions. These conditions are cause for concern due to the increase in car accidents that occur. Twenty-four percent of weather-related accidents happen in snowy, slushy, or icy pavement according to FHA. This just goes to show how important it is that drivers are prepared for hazardous weather. Indiana specifically, according to clearinsurance.com, ranks 15th for winter fatal crashes.
What should I do if involved in a car accident in winter weather?
As you know living in Indiana during the winter months poses some risk for being caught in hazardous weather. We have all been out on the roads when it starts snowing or icing very heavily. You want to be sure you are cautious when driving to avoid accidents.
Should an accident occur, you can take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Turn on your hazard lights or place flares outside of the vehicle
- Be sure to exchange information with the other driver
- Obtain information of any witnesses of the accident before they leave the scene
- Present for medical treatment as soon as possible
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
How can an Indiana Personal Injury Attorney Help After a Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Indiana, Tabor Law Firm is here to help. We know what to expect from the insurance adjusters and can help remove the burden of handling your injury claim from your shoulders. Following a car accident, you should focus on healing and let us do the rest! For a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys call us NOW at (317) 236-9000.