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Extremely Wet Winter is Leading to More Accidents in Central and Southern California

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Unseasonable rain has led to snowfall throughout California—and many local drivers, unused to snowy conditions, are getting into accidents. Join AA Accident Attorneys in reviewing the best ways to drive safely in inclement weather, and also some tips on how to handle car accident cases in California.

It’s been a year of extreme weather conditions in California. First, a prolonged dry period led to ravenous wildfires last summer and fall. And now, Californians are faced with an opposite problem: In one of the wettest winters on record, lots of places in the Valley, Central California, and near Big Bear are getting copious amounts of snow.

California drivers aren’t used to driving in snowy or icy conditions—and already, there have been a number of accidents.

Seek Legal Representation Following a Car Accident

If you’re injured in an accident—whether due to hazardous road conditions or simply because of the driving of other motorists—it’s important to seek the right legal representation. AA Accident Attorneys represents those throughout California who have been injured in highway accidents, and we always seek the maximum compensation for our clients. We invite you to contact us directly for more details.

In addition, we encourage California drivers to take just a minute to review the best ways to drive safely in the snow.

Drive Safely in Snow and Ice

Some general tips for staying safe in snowy conditions:

If you can, just stay home. Venturing out in inclement weather is always a risk. If you have to be somewhere, you have to be somewhere—but if you can wait it out until conditions improve, that’s better.

Drive slower than usual. Adjust your speed, remembering that your car won’t have the same traction that it does in non-snowy weather.

Accelerate slowly. Pounding your foot on the accelerator is the best way to spin out of control or to start skidding—leading to loss of control of your vehicle.

Remember, your stopping time will be longer. In snow and ice, it takes a little bit longer for your car to come to a stop—so apply the brakes earlier than you would normally. Also make sure you brake gently; again, pounding pedals is what leads to skidding.

Increase your following distance. Allow for five or six seconds between you and the car in front of you. Again, it may take you longer to bring your car to a halt, so it’s vital to leave a little wiggle room.

Be especially careful on hills. Apply extra gas as you approach a hill, trying to work up a little momentum that can get you to the top. When you get over the hill, take your foot off the gas as your vehicle descends. And don’t ever stop accelerating on a snow-covered hill, which can truly be disastrous.

Get Help from AA Accident Attorneys

If you ever are in a car accident—due to snow, ice, or whatever else—make sure you get the legal assistance you need. AA Accident Attorneys has a robust record of courtroom wins, and we are known for always providing our clients with aggressive representation. And, we only get paid if you get paid! Reach out to our California car accident attorneys today to speak about your case. We are accessible 24/7!

February 22, 2019 Blog, News 0 Comments

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