Winter is here in Michigan, which means snow and ice are bound to be all over the roads. Whether you are new to driving or have been driving for what seems like forever, snow- and ice-covered roads are dangerous. Keeping the roads completely safe is impossible since we cannot control the weather, determine how other people will drive, or what obstacles might be in front of us. However, the roads can become a safer place if you know what you need to do in dangerous situations and how to best prevent them from happening.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we hear that millions of car and truck accidents occur annually in the United States. Of those millions involved in an accident, about 50% of them get seriously injured, and about 12% of those accidents are traffic-related deaths. Everyone wants to reach their destination as safely as possible. Still, with 17% of all car crashes being during winter, it’s clear that driving in snowy and icy conditions is dangerous.
According to a study by Michigan State Police, over the course of four recent winter seasons, 202,232 crashes were reported in Michigan. These crashes were directly related to snowy or icy roads, with 370 fatalities and 2,530 serious injuries.
Michigan residents and/or visitors are familiar with slippery roads. Since most of us have to drive on them, it’s essential to understand the risks and what you can do to help prevent disaster.
Here are some winter driving tips to keep in mind this season:
To ensure the safety of your life and others around you, changing your driving habits with a few simple tips can make all the difference. People who do not follow safe practices in winter and drive too fast for the conditions are putting themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. If you or someone you know was involved in a roadway accident, contact Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.Share this Article