Baltimore, MD- Winter storm Jonas is bearing down on the East Coast and Maryland falls in the center of a massive blast of winter weather. Although the winter has been relatively mild so far, Maryland and the East Coast could see up to 2 feet of snow over the next few day. The best advice we can give is to avoid driving if at all possible, but if you can’t, you need to take measures to protect your safety and the safety of other motorists and truck drivers. 
It’s important for motorists to realize that if they cause an accident, even if inclement weather is mostly to blame, that at-fault driver and their insurer are going to be responsible for any injuries or deaths that result. Snow, black ice or low visibility won’t relieve a motorist of responsibility, so our team of accident lawyers in Maryland wanted to share some tips for staying safe on the road in wintry weather conditions.
Driving in the snow can be hazardous; this is especially true if a driver has little to no experience driving in the snow, so following our tips could keep you from being involved in horrible collision.
Speed is your enemy when the road is covered in snow and ice, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends you slow down. If you are traveling too fast for road conditions you could be forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting another motorist. Slamming on the brakes can send you into a skid and your car could careen out of control.
Skidding is a real danger with wintry weather and moves such as suddenly hitting the brakes or making a hard turn with the steering wheel can send you into a skid. If you go into a skid the last thing you need to do is slam on your brakes; that will only make matters worse. Instead, you should slowly apply your brakes or use a pumping motion. You also want to turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
Another thing you can do to prevent a winter collision is to keep a safe distance between you and other motorists. This will give you time enough to stop without having to slam on your brakes and possibly go into a skid.
Low visibility is another danger in winter weather. Fog, freezing rain and snow can significantly decrease a motorist’s visibility, so they need to takes steps to increase their visibility. Use your defroster and headlights and make certain snow and ice is cleared away from windows and mirrors.
If you do have the bad luck of being in a traffic collision, USAttorneys urges you to contact an attorney to discuss what types of compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries. We recommend Baltimore residents contact the accident lawyers at the Injury Law Center. Their tenacious team of lawyers understand the pain and suffering that goes along with a major traffic collision, so you can count on them to work hard on your case. They won’t give up until you get the settlement amount you deserve.
 

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