Driving during the winter may mean encountering certain conditions that could make it more likely that an accident will occur. In certain months of the year, Illinois roads could ice over, and snow accumulation could affect the safety of the roads. While no one can control the weather, it is crucial for all drivers to be aware of times when they cannot safely operate their vehicles.
During the winter when road conditions may be poor, it is also critical for drivers to do everything possible to safely operate their vehicles. This means driving at safe speeds, avoiding distractions and following all of the rules of the road. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a vehicle that slid on snowy or icy roads, you may have grounds to pursue compensation in a civil claim.
Common winter driving hazards
There are multiple ways that colder temperatures and weather events could affect a driver’s ability to safely operate his or her vehicle. Winter weather often affects both the road conditions and the actual vehicles, a combination that can increase the likelihood of an accident during certain months of the year. Common winter driving hazards include:
- Poor visibility — Driving in the snow or sleet can affect how well a driver can see out of his or her vehicle. Slow speeds are necessary until a driver can get off the road or the precipitation stops.
- Ice on the road — It is not always easy to spot ice on the road, making it critically important to drive slowly and carefully during times when the roads could be slick.
- Poor treads on the tires — If a driver does not properly maintain his or her vehicle, it could make it more likely he or she will slip on icy roads or have a difficult time driving safely during the winter.
If an accident occurs because a vehicle slid on snow and ice, it may be the result of risky driving or poor vehicle maintenance. A careful look at the accident will reveal if the other driver is liable for injuries and damages, allowing you to move forward with a civil claim. While legal action cannot reverse what happened to you, it can provide you with the opportunity to pursue compensation necessary to pick up the pieces and move forward after an accident.