How Snow And Ice Cause Michigan Automobile Accidents
Each year, snow and ice cause Michigan automobile accidents throughout the state.
Law enforcement from the Michigan State Police recently responded to one accident involving a passenger vehicle and a semi-tractor trailer. The accident occurred in Bates Township. A preliminary investigation determined that the operator of the passenger vehicle carrying three passengers failed to properly negotiate a curve causing the vehicle’s driver to lose control of the vehicle, crossed over the center line of the highway, and collided with the semi-tractor trailer. As a result of this driver, the operator of the vehicle was placed in critical condition and one of the vehicle’s passengers was killed. All individuals in the accidents were reported to have been wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Icy, snow-covered roads have been cited as the cause of the accident, while an investigation by the Michigan State Police is still ongoing to determine exactly how the accident occurred.
Mistakes to Avoid an Accident in Adverse Weather Conditions
Accidents due to snow and ice cannot always be avoided, but there are some recommended precautions that drivers should take while operating a motor vehicle in snow and icy conditions, which include the following:
- Be wary of dangers like limited visibility and black ice, which is particularly likely to be present on bridges and underpasses.
- Carry an emergency safety kit that includes items like antifreeze, extra batteries, a flashlight, roadside flares, and a shovel.
- Check your tire air pressure at regular intervals.
- Do not drive too closely to other vehicles because this type of driving behavior can result in collisions when ice or snow are present.
- If you should begin to slide due to ice, keep the steering wheel straight and steady.
- Make sure that car equipment particularly windshield wipers and defrosters are maintained and work properly.
- Reduce speed while driving in the snow or on roads that might potentially contain ice.
- Use proper braking techniques. If you have anti-lock brakes, firmly press down on the brakes. If your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes, pump your brakes and steer into a skid.
What to Do After an Accident
If you are involved in an accident due to snow or ice, there are some key steps to follow. Individuals should never attempt to get out of their vehicle after an accident has occurred to inspect damage because an individual is at significant risk of being struck by another vehicle. Individuals should make sure to receive medical assistance if at all necessary. If possible, individuals should also take photographs of the surrounding area and the extent of the injuries. If another individual saw the accident occur, it is a wise to gather this individual’s contact information.
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