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Statistics Show Wintry Weather Increases Car Accidents

New Orleans will start off the New Year with some of the coldest temperatures yet and a 30 percent chance to snow on Wednesday. Temperatures are also expected to be in the 20’s throughout the week. Unfortunately, being used to warmer winters, New Orleans drivers are at risk for increased car accidents during this extreme cold front. Statistics from the Federal Highway Administration say 22% of all automobile crashes are weather-related with 19% of car crashes involving some sort of bodily injury. 

New Orleans roadways can become slick with ice or slush, causing vehicles to slide on roads when braking or turning making drivers lose control of their vehicles. Even worse, grey overcast weather and snow causing reduced visibility, further dampening a motorist’s driving ability.

Tips for Safe Driving in Snow or Icy Weather

  • Maintain a safe following distance. In snow and ice, your stopping power is reduced. Slamming on your brakes can cause you to slide and ram into other vehicles or off the road. Maintain a slow and steady distance from the cars in front of you.
  • Accelerate and brake smoothly. Pushing the gas pedal quickly can cause your tires to spin, making you lose control of your vehicle. 
  • Drive at a slow and steady pace. Increasing your speed can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

If you’ve been in a car accident, contact a car accident injury lawyer who can represent you in your case. Richard Voorhies is a New Orleans Louisiana car accident lawyer that can help. Contact us now