Avoiding Wilmington Traffic Accidents in Tough Winter Weather
In Wilmington, a rollover accident caused by icy conditions trapped two drivers inside of their vehicles. Two accidents in a single day on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge prompted lane closures after drivers lost control on slick roads. Between the start of I-40 at North College Road and the interchange with I-140, there were five crashes in just one day.
These are just some of the many collisions caused by the terrible weather throughout North Carolina this winter. Snow, ice and sleet are menacing drivers and increasing the chances of collisions and multi-car pileups. Drivers need to be smart when it comes to driving in bad weather, and motorists who take dangerous risks could be held legally liable for injuring others. Contact the Law Offices of Richard Flexner to speak to a personal injury lawyer in Wilmington and learn more about your rights in the wake of a serious traffic collision.
Protecting Yourself from Accidents in Icy Conditions
Drivers need to be aware of the risks of driving during bad weather and should take steps to reduce the chances of becoming involved in a collision.
Tips for safe winter driving include:
- Avoiding driving except for necessary trips if the weather is bad or when snow and ice are predicted. Watch the local weather forecast and listen for school and business closings.
- Leaving a large gap between your car and the car in front of you. Never tailgate during a storm or when the roads are icy.
- Leaving plows, spreaders and salt trucks plenty of space when you encounter them. You should never pass them, or you'll be driving on unplowed roads.
- Exercising extra caution on bridges and overpasses. These areas accumulate snow and are likely to ice over before other roadways. You should avoid applying your brakes on the bridge.
- Knowing what to do if you skid. Taking your foot off of the gas and turning the steering wheel towards the direction of the slide is advised.
- Skipping the brakes when skidding. Hitting the brakes when your car is in a skid could make the loss of control of the vehicle worse.
- Bringing a cell phone with you whenever you are out driving. You can call the North Carolina Highway Patrol (HP) by pressing *47 on your phone.
- Always coming to a complete stop at an intersection if the traffic lights are nonfunctioning due to a power outage or other storm damage. The intersection should be treated as a four-way stop when lights don't work, with each driver taking turns.
These tips are especially important to reducing multi-vehicle pileups. At least one multiple-vehicle collision has occurred daily in the United States since December 1, and in 2013 a total of 107 chain-reaction crashes happened over the course of the year. Multiple vehicle collisions can result in serious injury, especially if the impaired vehicles make it difficult for emergency personnel to reach victims. Determining who to take legal action against is also difficult in pileups.
A personal injury lawyer can help motor vehicle collision victims to take legal action. Call The Law Offices of Richard Flexner at 800-FLEXNER or visit https://www.getflexner.com to schedule a free consultation.