Snow storms add to driving hazards

Clancy Law

It’s been more than six weeks since Punxsutawney Phil famously saw his shadow, essentially declaring that spring was just around the corner. On the first Monday of spring, however, a snowstorm passed through the area. The late season snow snarled traffic and slowed air traffic from O’Hare Airport.

As the storm continued east, it brought snow to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey. Moderate snow was seen in Washington D.C. and nearly a foot fell in Pittsburgh.

As for Chicagoland traffic, numerous reports of fender-bender accidents were heard throughout the region. With many school districts on spring break, the volume of traffic was slightly down, but the number of accidents still posed a problem.

While we are all expecting spring weather, it is an important time to remind drivers of the critical nature of driving for the conditions. When ice and snow threaten roads, slowing down and keeping additional distances between cars is prudent. Snow and ice can reduce a car’s ability to stop (compared to normal conditions) as well as a driver’s ability to maintain control of the car. Spinouts in inclement weather are very common.

While these safety measures may seem obvious, a number of drivers may ignore them, despite having a legal duty to use reasonable care when road conditions deteriorate. Fortunately, people injured in accidents caused by people who fail to use such care can seek money damages to compensate for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.

If you have questions about your rights and options after a weather related car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.

Source: Chicago Tribune.com, What spring? Snow snarls traffic, flights on U.S. East Coast, March 25, 2013

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Snow storms add to driving hazards