The arctic blast the moved through the area a few weeks ago was just the first taste of winter driving, and we did not fare too well. While most people in and around Kansas City are used to driving in wintery weather, the first blast of the season is always a bit rough. Today, the Kansas City car crash lawyers at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. want to discuss some winter weather driving tips so you and your family can stay safe behind the wheel this winter season.
Cold weather and tough driving are here
When the cold weather blew through this area in late October, many residents were not ready. As black ice and cold temperatures struck, police in Kansas City responded to more than 200 vehicle accident calls. In one day alone, police responded to 166 accident calls from 5 to 9 a.m., with 77 of them injury-related.
As the weather cools and the wintery weather moves in for the season, now is a good time for some friendly winter weather driving reminders.
- Plan Ahead
Now is the time to ensure your car is ready for the colder weather. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and ensure the tread is not worn down. Always keep more than half a tank of gas in the vehicle. Put some cold-weather gear (blankets, flashlights, ice scrapers, some food, and water) in the trunk.
- Drive Carefully
You need to be careful when you are operating when it is snowy or icy. Clean off your windows before driving and plan your route ahead of time. Practice driving on back roads before hitting the main roads. Take your time. There is no need to hurry in wintery conditions.
- Going Long Distances
If you are driving long distances and there is a chance of wintery weather, be ready to expect delays. Let family and friends know where you are going, your route, and the estimated time of travel.
- If You Get Stuck
If you get stuck in the snow, use the vehicle as shelter. Do not walk if the weather is really bad. Make your vehicle visible with flashing lights or flares. Keep the exhaust pipe clear. If you have blankets, get them out to stay warm (floormats and newspapers can also be used). Call for help. Only turn on the vehicle long enough to warm the inside back up.
Let us help you get through this today
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligent actions, you may need to seek help from an attorney. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our qualified and experienced team is ready to help you secure the compensation you deserve, including:
- Coverage of your medical bills related to the crash
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
If you need a Kansas City car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949.