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Personal Injury Lawyer answers What's Causing Winter Driving Accidents in the United States?

Personal Injury Lawyer answers What's Causing Winter Driving Accidents in the United States?

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What causes winter driving accidents? What winter weather safety tips should drivers in Kansas follow to stay safe? Weather related auto accidents cause more annual fatalities than tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods combined. In the winter, sleet, snow, ice, and high winds create dangerous driving conditions throughout the state. Preparation is the key to reducing the risk of an accident and motorists should prepare themselves and their vehicles now before the winter weather sets in for the season.

Weather Related Accidents in the United States

From 2007 to 2016, the United States Department of Transportation recorded more than 5.8 million motor vehicle accidents per year. Of these, 1.2 million, or 21% involved dangerous weather conditions. On average, these accidents claim 5,376 lives per year. This is roughly 16% of all motor vehicle fatalities. A further 418,000 people are injured in these accidents.

From 2011 to 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded an average of 800 fatalities per year that were caused by snow, sleet, ice, or freezing rains.

Approximately 18% of weather related fatalities are caused by snow or sleet. Ice on the road is responsible for causing approximately 13% of roadway fatalities. In terms of winter driving safety, a forecast with snow, sleet, ice, or rain expected is something motorists in Kansas should pay close attention to.

Preparing Yourself and Your Vehicle for Winter Weather

Winter driving safety starts with preparation. You can reduce your risk of a winter driving accident by tuning up your car. You should also replace worn tires or swap them out for a winter set of tires. It is also important to fill your coolant, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid reservoirs.

Most importantly, winter driving safety requires paying close attention to weather reports. You should limit your driving when snow, ice, and freezing rain are present. If you must go out, slow down and stay alert for other motorists and pedestrians on the road.

Brad Pistotnik Law is an accident attorney with attorneys, lawyers, and abogados who represent clients in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, Missouri, and Illinois seeking compensation following winter accidents. Whether the accident occurred in Wichita, Liberal, Garden City, Clearwater, Mulvane, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Argonia, Harper, Attica, Anthony, Bluff City, Caldwell, South Haven, Arkansas City, Maple City, Dexter, Burden, Latham, Beaumont, Leon, Augusta, Rosalia, El Dorado, Park City, Maize, Grenola, Cedar Valley, Pratt, Stafford, Kinsley, Jetmore, Sublette, Beaver, Laverne, Buffalo, Fort Supply, Waynoka, Helena, Medicine Lodge, Tyrone, Plainville, Park, Quinter, Grinnell, Oakley, Ness City, Dighton, Scott City, Great Bend, Lucas, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Hoisington, Hutchinson, Greensburg, Dodge City, Cimarron, Russell, North Platte, Oshkosh, Gothenburg, Cozad, Grand Island, York, Hastings, Beatrice, Omaha, Clinton, Sedalia, Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Eldon, California, Jefferson City, Bolivar, Ardmore, Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Lawton, Anadarko, Chickasha, Seminole, Ada, Durant, or elsewhere in these states, our accident attorneys can help you pursue compensation for winter driving accidents.

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