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Driving behaviors in the winter

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2023 | Personal Injury |

Winter will soon arrive, and Maryland drivers could struggle with inclement weather. Wintery road conditions often create hazards that can lead to an accident. Icy roads and snowy windshields create hazards. However, there are some tips that a driver may follow that could enhance safety. Drivers who don’t prioritize safety might face a civil lawsuit for any harm they inflict.

Winter driving

Driving slowly is often wise because traveling too fast on slick or icy roads may lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle. Accelerating and decelerating carefully and gradually could also reduce the chances of an accident. The driver should also be mindful of their following distance, as the vehicle might be unable to stop in time if the car in front of it hits the brakes. In typical weather, an automobile might be following in a safe distance and nowhere near tailgating. Under winter conditions, the same distance might be dangerous.

Sometimes, not driving could be the right decision. If the roads are not clear or the weather is perilous, avoiding unnecessary travel might prevent an accident. Staying off the roads might keep a driver from getting hurt or hurting others and facing legal consequences.

Dangerous winter driving

Only some drivers will adjust their behavior because the weather is inclement. Aggressive and impatient attitudes may lead to recklessness, such as traveling too fast for road conditions. Speeding and weaving in and out of traffic are reckless actions under almost any conditions, and committing such moving violations when the roads are dangerous may show an additional disregard for safety. Car accidents caused by reckless drivers may lead to lawsuits.

An auto liability insurance settlement may provide injured parties with compensation. However, there are instances where a much larger lawsuit for punitive damages appears warranted.