As the snow and ice begin to make their way onto Colorado roadways, it should come as no surprise that the accidents are beginning to pile up. On Saturday, November 24th, 2018, Colorado highway patrolmen responded to a collision outside Denver. What started as a one-car crash ultimately ended in a 20-vehicle pileup. According to Colorado State Patrol, heavy winds and snow were the main causes of the dangerous accident.
The increase in inclement weather has prompted Colorado law enforcement to establish roadside shelters for passengers injured in winter car accidents. If you or a loved one are involved in a motor vehicle collision this winter, seek out medical attention and speak with a legal representative.
Winter Driving Accidents in the United States
Inclement weather is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents throughout the United States. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 116,000 Americans are injured each year in accidents during snowfall. While the vast majority of these accidents do not result in death, over 1,200 people are killed annually in accidents caused by inclement weather. Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that an alarming 17% of all annual motor vehicle collisions occur while snow is present.
Safe Winter Driving Habits
While driving during winter months can be dangerous regardless of how one drives, there are a few simple tactics that could help you and your family remain safe this winter:
- Watch Your Speed: The NHTSA has found that speed plays a role in a high number of fatal collisions. During winter months, driving at excessive speeds can impact your ability to steer and stop. Remember that speed limits are designed to fit a road in ideal driving conditions, so do not be afraid to drive below the speed limit this winter.
- Use Your Brights: When traveling during inclement weather, snow can impact one’s ability to see, especially when traveling at night. This winter, utilize your bright headlights whenever possible. Because braking is much more difficult during winter months, increased visibility can be the key to avoiding a dangerous collision.
- Wear Your Seat Belts: Next time you drive this winter, ensure that all of your passengers are using their seat belt restraint system. A seat belt can drastically reduce the chances of severe injury or death in the event of a crash. Collisions are much more common while driving in less than ideal weather conditions, and wearing a seat belt can save a life.
Contact a Larimer County Personal Injury Lawyer
At Hoggatt Law Office, P.C., our team is dedicated to representing those injured in motor vehicle accidents. Avoiding car accidents during the winter months can be a difficult proposition here in Colorado. If you are injured in an accident this winter, it is critically important to reach out to a legal team that will have your best interests at heart. To set up a free consultation with a knowledgeable Fort Collins car accident attorney, call us today at 970-225-2190.