• Bad Winter Roads Can Lead to Higher Auto Accident Rates in South Jersey

    How A Lawyer Can Help if You Have Been Injured

    There’s nothing quite like the first snow of the season, or the excitement of feeling frost in the air and pulling out your sweaters and winter coats. But for those who have to venture out onto the roads during the winter, the cold represents anything but a thrill. Winter is when some of the most dangerous road conditions suddenly appear: black ice that is invisible to the eye but can cause a rapid loss of control of a vehicle; freezing rain and snow that prevents brakes from working properly and impede the driver’s ability to see or be seen; whipping winds that can push vehicles out of their lanes, particularly on exposed bridges; overpasses that freeze before highways. All of these conditions test even the most competent and confident drivers, and leave everybody in a vehicle exposed to much greater risk. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident that occurred when the roads were bad due to winter weather conditions, the experienced, compassionate attorneys at the South Jersey law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr can help. We understand how upsetting being in an accident can be, and will take the time to listen to your concerns and provide you with the answers that you need.

    Driving during the winter requires an elevated level of consciousness and an increased sense of responsibility of all drivers. The roads are often wet and slippery, and as temperatures fall, that moisture can quickly leave a thin glaze of ice that can lead to minor and major auto accidents. Drivers are encouraged to prepare themselves in the following ways to keep themselves and those around them safe:

    • Prepare your vehicle for winter by ensuring brakes, tires and lights are working properly
    • Ensure that all fluid levels are full, particularly the windshield washer fluid
    • When driving in bad conditions, adjust your speed accordingly and make sure that your lights are on
    • Be mindful of the fact that areas such as underpasses and overpasses may have ice where other spots on the roadway may not
    • Equip your vehicle with a road hazard kit that includes blankets, a shovel, a flashlight, warm clothes, and a hazard triangle.
    • Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged and available in case of an emergency, but do not use it while driving
    • Be mindful of other drivers, who may not be familiar with how to drive in winter conditions

    Driving defensively is always a prudent thing to do, but no amount of vigilance can protect you against every accident. If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by bad roads or winter conditions, you need the help of an experienced attorney who can advise you of your rights and make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Call the South Jersey law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato, & Starr today to set up a convenient appointment to discuss your situation.

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