Warm hats, winter coats, and mittens are common sights when driving during the winter months. Sadly, winter experiences also include icy roads, car accidents and whiplash. Road conditions aren’t always pleasant during the winter months, especially in the Midwest, and this has a direct impact on the number of accidents that occur. When traveling back and forth from work, school, and other activities, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers of winter driving.
There are many situations that could cause a winter accident or injury, but taking precautionary measures can increase your safety and those around you during these winter months.
Winter Driving Accidents and Injuries
There are many types of winter driving accidents that can happen. Rear-ending another driver, sliding off into a ditch, losing control and hitting a street sign, or getting into accidents at intersections are just few of the type of the accidents that can be caused during the winter driving season. Many of these accidents can cause major damage to both your car and injury of passengers involved in the accident.
If you or someone you know has been in a winter driving accident, pay close attention to any pain in the neck or back. Whiplash is a very common injury during the winter and should be treated immediately. Keep in mind that the symptoms of whiplash may not appear immediately, but may show up later that day or week.
After a car has been involved in a winter driving accident, make sure you take the appropriate next steps. It is important to contact the police to document the scene, and if anyone is injured it is wise to immediately seek medical attention. Remember that accidents can happen even when these precautions are taken.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a winter driving incident and there is a dispute, contact an experienced attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss today.