Winter is coming fast to Buffalo and at least one car accident has already occurred because of icy roads. More than 20 cars lost control as a result of early ice in November, causing an overnight pileup on the I-290 ramp leading to I-190 South. WIVB 4 reports that black ice was the cause of the crashes, which occurred on a road that the salt trucks had not yet visited. Drivers were surprised by the slick road and witnesses to the scene indicated that they “saw one car after another, badly damaged and being towed away.”
Car accident lawyers in Buffalo know that this crash, unfortunately, is likely one of the first of many that icy weather will cause this winter. Driving on snow and ice is always an adjustment when winter strikes each year and motorists need to remember how to stay safe on slippery roads.
Staying Safe from Accidents Caused by Snow and Ice
To help prevent crashes from occurring as a result of bad weather, drivers should consider the following safety tips:
- Check the weather report before heading out. The weather and traffic alerts will usually let you know if you can expect snow or ice on the roads. You can use this information to postpone unnecessary trips and knowing the roads are likely to be icy can also help you to make smart choices when you drive.
- Remember that black ice is most likely to form on bridges and overpasses. When traveling over these areas, be extra careful to look out for ice on the roads.
- Slow your speed to current weather conditions. In the winter, sometimes driving the speed limit is not enough to stay safe. You need to adjust your speed and go slower if the roads are slick or if visibility is impacted by snow.
- Leave extra room between your car and the vehicle that is in front. You don’t ever want to tailgate, but following too closely is especially dangerous in the winter. If you are too close to the lead vehicle and that car spins out of control, you are likely to be unable to stop before you too become involved in the crash.
- Make sure your car is in good condition. You should have your tires (and tire pressure) checked and ensure that your wipers are working well before heading out on the roads. Car maintenance problems like faulty tires or failing windshield wipers are especially dangerous during bad winter weather.
- Brake gently in order to avoid skidding on slippery roads and ease up on your brakes if you feel that your car is beginning to skid.
- When going down a hill or in a situation where you are worried about losing traction, use low gears.
- Never pass a snow truck or a truck salting the road. Not only do these drivers have limited visibility but the roads in front of these trucks are likely to be in much worse condition.
By following these winter safety tips, hopefully you can reduce the risk of a deadly crash and stay safe through the cold winter driving months in Buffalo.
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