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What are some common causes for crashes in winter?

When you're on the roads, you want drivers to be careful. They should be staying in their lanes and driving at appropriate speeds. If you get hit, it's not just your vehicle that sustains damage; you could suffer injuries and a major financial setback.

There are several major causes for car accidents in the winter months. The first is slippery roads. When you're driving, heavy rains, sleet and snow can make the road's surface slick. Knowing how to handle your vehicle in these conditions is of the utmost importance, as is making sure to slow down and watch out for other drivers. Others who can't control their vehicles could hit you when trying to stop, causing a rear-end collision.

To avoid a rear-end collision, drivers should keep enough space between vehicles to be able to slow down and stop without slamming on the brakes. A trick is to count to eight when watching a road marker; the vehicle in front of you should be at least those eight seconds in front of you. If a vehicle gets into the space between you, back off and give yourself more space to stop instead of bunching up.

Poor visibility can also be a concern for those driving in wintery conditions. Fog, snow and other weather conditions can make it hard to see more than a few feet in front of your vehicle. If you can't see the other vehicles' taillights, slow down or pull over to prevent an accident. Always defrost your vehicle's windows before you drive to make sure you can see as clearly as possible. If you're hit because someone failed to take these steps or other winter weather safety precautions, then you might have the right to compensation.

Source: Accurate Auto Insurance, "3 Most Common Causes of Winter Car Accidents," accessed Nov. 15, 2016

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