While we do not get the same amount of snow and ice in Norfolk as in other states, the weather in winter can become hazardous due rain, snow, and ice. This dramatically increases the risks that your family members or you will be injured in an auto crash caused by a negligent driver.
Common Reasons Motorists Cause Crashes in the Winter
During the winter months, snow, ice, and rain can make the roads and highways in Norfolk slippery and harder to drive on. However, bad weather is not the major reason for accidents in the winter months. Often, drivers cause accidents by engaging in these negligent behaviors:
- Not driving for weather conditions. All drivers in Virginia are required to maintain a safe speed for weather conditions. When the weather is bad, they must drive slower even if it means driving below the posted speed limit. When they fail to do this, they can be unable to stop or slow down quickly when necessary due to weather conditions or, worse, lose control of their vehicle.
- Not keeping windows clear. A driver’s visibility can be significantly reduced if he does not keep his windshield and windows free of ice, snow, and rain. Poor visibility can make it impossible for a motorist to see dangers on the road before it is too late to respond.
- Driving too closely. In Virginia, drivers must maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them. When the weather is bad in the winter, motorists must keep back even farther to give themselves enough time to slow down or stop and avoid causing a rear-end collision.
- Not stopping in intersections. If a driver is driving too fast for weather conditions, he may not be able to stop at an intersection or stop sign and cause a victim who has the right of way to suffer injuries in an intersection accident.
- Intoxication. Driving when drunk or high on drugs is never safe, but the reduction in a driver’s reaction time, judgment, and vision in a storm can increase the already high odds that he will cause a tragic wreck.
- Not maintaining tires and brakes. When a vehicle’s tires are worn or the brakes are in need of repair or replacement, a driver can lose traction or be unable to stop on a slippery road when he needs to in order to avoid a collision.
Were you or a family member injured in a weather-related car accident? Our skilled and dedicated car accident lawyers are here to hold the negligent driver accountable for his actions and help you get the compensation you deserve. Take advantage of our offer of a free consultation to learn about your options and how we can help you. Call our Norfolk office today to schedule your appointment.