The only sure-fire way to avoid being in an accident caused by icy road conditions is to simply not drive. Unfortunately, Alabama drivers may find themselves in situations when driving on ice is unavoidable. By being informed and equipped with the knowledge of how to operate a vehicle in icy conditions, Mobile and Baldwin County motorists have a higher likelihood of avoiding a collision.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in an accident that was caused by icy road conditions, you may be entitled to recover compensation for any damages, depending on the circumstances of the accident. We urge you to contact our attorneys right away to discuss the merits of your claim. We will be able to determine if you have cause to file a claim and can offer guidance on how to best pursue financial and legal recourse for any damages.
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Tips for Driving on Ice
If you absolutely must drive when there is ice on the ground, it is crucial that your vehicle is prepared and that you know how to drive on icy roads. The following tips are intended to help keep you and your loved ones safe on Alabama roads and highways this winter:
- Be aware of “black ice.” Also known as “glare ice,” this is an almost transparent ice that looks like a puddle, if it is visible at all. A good rule of thumb is if the road looks like it might be slick, then it probably is.
- Before getting on the road, make sure that your tires have enough tread. A tire requires at least 6.32-inch deep tread in order to have adequate ice traction, according to The Tire Rack.
- Never assume your vehicle can handle all types of road conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles are susceptible to the dangers present on icy roads.
- Exercise extreme caution on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, as these tend to freeze first. Even when the temperature is above freezing, if the road is wet, you may encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways.
- Don’t use cruise control or overdrive.
- Drive in lower gears in order to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Keep your windshield and lights clean. Also, make sure that your lights are on.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels begin to lock, ease off the brake.
- Slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Experts recommend leaving as much as three times the amount of space that you usually leave under good weather conditions.
Contact a Knowledgeable Alabama Car Accident Lawyer Today
There are some winter conditions that just cannot be conquered, regardless of your driving ability or vehicle preparedness. While the tips on this page may help to prevent accidents caused by driving on ice, sometimes a collision is simply unavoidable.
If you have been injured in an Alabama car accident, it is critical that you seek legal counsel right away as you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses. At the Citrin Law Firm, we offer free legal consultations to Alabama accident victims, during your consultation, one of our attorneys will review the details of your claim and recommend the best course of legal action to pursue.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Alabama car accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, contact the Citrin Law Firm today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.