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Icy Road Accidents & Motor Vehicle Accidents in RI

(Here is a nice Auto Accident Law Article by Joseph Devine. This Article was approved and reviewed by Rhode Island  Injury Lawyer, David Slepkow.)

There are few road conditions that are more dangerous for drivers than are icy roads. Temperatures hovering at or below freezing, snow, sleet, and freezing rain are all factors that contribute to the risk of ice developing on roads. During the winter much of the U.S. must deal with the risk of icy roads, which have the potential to cause severe accidents. Knowing how to anticipate and react to an ice patch on the road can help to minimize damage or the risk of an accident altogether.

Signs of Ice

Before heading out in cold weather, it is important to be prepared for the worst. Always check the weather to see if there are any advisories for your area before driving. When you prepare to begin your drive, look for the following signs of ice on the road:

  • Ice on the driveway or sidewalk to your car. If there is ice on the sidewalk, there may be ice on the streets as well.
  • Snow on the roads. Snow may freeze to a layer of ice overnight, making the roads even more slippery than expected.
  • Light reflecting off the road. Ice can form in clear sheets and may be difficult to see. Light reflecting off the road may be a sign of ice ahead.
  • Cars swerving or sliding on the street. If you see vehicles losing control ahead, there is likely an ice patch. Approach with extreme caution.
  • Braking ahead. Vehicles ahead may be able to see danger before you can. Gauge their reaction so that you can respond appropriately.

How to React

If you hit an ice patch, you will likely feel that you have suddenly lost control of your car. On the contrary, it is still possible to regain control of your vehicle without causing an accident. When you feel your car begin to slide, follow the steps below to minimize your chances of an accident:

  • Do not pump your brakes. If you begin to slide off of the road and must brake, brake once very hard to slow your speed.
  • Steer into the slide. Turn your steering wheel in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. This will help to prevent you from entirely losing control and spinning on the ice.
  • Drive slowly. Do not try to accelerate out of the ice, you may worsen the situation. Slowly guide your car forward off of the ice, keeping braking to a minimum.

These few key tips can help to minimize the severity of an accident should you hit a patch of ice on the road. By Joseph Devine

For More Information

To learn more about icy road accidents, please visit the website of the experienced Waukesha personal injury attorneys Habush, Habush & Rottier, SC today.

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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