The winter season is officially underway and this year it has been particularly harsh for many in Washington and throughout the United States. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and high winds often combine to create deadly car accidents throughout Seattle and the State of Washington. While most safety experts warn drivers to stay home during severe weather, if you are forced to drive on the roads, you want to keep a few safety tips in mind.
Prepare Your Car for Winter—the preparation starts early. Before winter actually arrives, it is best to check your tires and fluid levels carefully. Ensure that you have enough antifreeze in your car and that your car heater is working efficiently. Also be sure you have proper tread left on your tires and that your tires are properly inflated. Under-inflated tires cause more than 600 fatalities every year.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit—before you head out, be sure you have an emergency car kit prepared. Your first aid kit should be fully supplied with bandages and any medications you might need. You should also have working road flares and a blanket in your car in case you are trapped in cold weather conditions. To be on the safe side, pack a small container of kitty litter in your vehicle to help you gain traction on snow or ice, in the event your tires get stuck. A small shovel, an extra pair of gloves, and a gallon of water are also necessary to have in your trunk. For more information check out: http://www.ready.gov/kit-storage-locations
Drive Slowly and Carefully—when driving in bad weather, it is important to keep your full attention on the road. Consider putting your cellphone in the glove box or turning it off altogether to save battery power and prevent distractions. Never drive above the posted speed limit sign, especially in snowy or icy weather and maintain an even longer distance behind other vehicles.
Contact Seattle Car Accident Lawsuit Attorneys
If a negligent driver injures you or someone you love, an experienced Seattle car accident attorney at Phillips Law Firm can help. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our Washington State personal injury lawsuit attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7. We offer a free case evaluations and a no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett, Redmond, South Hill, Bremerton, Shoreline, Woodinville, Lake Stevens, Kent, Federal Way, Olympia, Bellingham, and throughout the State of Washington.