Montana residents are familiar with winter driving. Yet every year accidents occur because someone failed to take winter weather and road conditions into account when driving. This holiday season may be a good time to review some safe winter driving tips.
One of the most important tips is to reduce speed and allow yourself some extra time to get where you are going. When visibility is poor, reduce speed further. Stopping distances are longer on icy roads, so allow some extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
Keeping your car in good condition is important. Snow should be cleared not only off your windshield but off headlights, mirrors and lights. Make sure you have four good tires and don’t wait until the last minute to switch to snow tires – you might get caught in a snowstorm without them.
Driving around snowplows requires extra safety precautions. Plows go slowly, but don’t pass one unless you absolutely have to. The snowplow driver may have difficulty seeing you, especially in blowing and drifting conditions. And never pass a snowplow on the right. The driver’s vision may be obscured by a wing plow installed on that side of the truck.
Driving too fast for road conditions, unsafe passing and driving with vision blocked by snow can all be considered negligent if they lead to an accident. If you have suffered serious injury due to a negligent driver who failed to take winter conditions into account, you may have the right to recover compensation. An experienced Montana personal injury law firm can review your case and help you evaluate your options.