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How to drive safely in the winter

According to the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration, 22 percent of all accidents are caused by the weather. Winter may be the most dangerous season for Louisiana drivers in terms of accidents caused by bad weather. Rain, ice and black ice can all make roads hazardous to drive on. Ice may exist on roadways even when the temperature is above freezing as road and other surfaces may warm slower than the air above it.

Black ice may be especially dangerous because it may appear to drivers as if the road is merely wet. However, it can still make it difficult for tires to get a good grip on the road, which may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Those who are operating their vehicles in cool or cold weather are advised to slow down and increase their stopping distance.

Bridges or overpasses may be more vulnerable to icy or otherwise slippery conditions as they receive less light. Drivers are also encouraged to give themselves extra time while on the road during the winter months and to keep their cell phones with them. Making sure that a vehicle has proper tire pressure and that windshields and windows are clear of ice may also make it easier to avoid an accident when the weather turns cooler.

If a person is injured in an auto accident, it may be possible to take legal action against the driver who caused the crash. That driver's employer or other parties may also be liable for damages depending on the circumstances of the case. An attorney may be able to show that negligence played a role in the crash. This may be done by showing that a driver was impaired or distracted at the time that the car wreck took place.

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