Slick roads are dangerous at any time of year, but particularly in the winter when wet roads can quickly become icy. Getting hit by a driver in this kind of weather may not be the driver’s fault, but chances are that the driver was acting negligently and lost control of the vehicle. If the driver was speeding, texting or distracted, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Some people in New Hampshire may be doing just that, because several accidents happened on Interstates 93 and 89 due to slick roads. It has been reported that around 20 crashes took place on the interstates. Police haven’t reported the causes of these accidents other than the weather, but they have cautioned drivers to be wary and to use their winter driving skills.
What can help drivers on the roads? Avoid texting and driving. A witness to the event reported that he had been reading a text from his wife while on Interstate 93; she was telling him to turn around. Read at the wrong time, a text like that one could have caused another accident.
Avoid speeding in winter weather, too. Speeding makes it harder to stop and control a vehicle that gets out of your control. You may want to speed out of an area if you’re late due to slow traffic, but the fact is that moving slowly could save your life and the lives of others.
Remember, if you have any concern over your driving skills, are tired, distracted or otherwise unable to drive well, it’s okay to pull over and wait out the storm. Use your hazard lights to let others know you’re pulled off the road.
Source: WMUR, “Slick roads lead to multiple crashes,” Jean Mackin, Jan. 08, 2016