As winter weather bears down on the Seattle area, it is important to keep safe winter driving tips in mind. Knowing how to help keep safe on the roadways, and what to do if injured by a negligent driver, is essential for everyone sharing the roadway during difficult wintry driving conditions.

According to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, bad weather and poor road conditions are a factor in close to a half million car accidents and 2,000 road fatalities every winter. Winter driving safety tips can help keep everyone safe on the roadways this winter. When drivers are unable to stay home during wintry and poor driving conditions, it is important to know how to drive safely in snowy, icy, wet and other poor road conditions.

To begin with, drivers should adjust to poor roadway conditions by driving more slowly and adjusting their speed to the road conditions. It is also important to remember it takes longer to stop in slick road conditions and to allow for additional driving and stopping distance. In addition, drivers should remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly and to not try to power up hills or stop while driving up a hill in icy or snowy road conditions. Drivers should also be comfortable with how to brake in snow and ice conditions and not stop if they can avoid it.

When car accident victims are injured by negligent drivers who fail to follow safe winter driving tips, they may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. A personal injury claim for damages can hold careless and negligent drivers liable for the harm they cause victims and help victims with their damages.