The winter months are upon us in the United States, and many people are looking forward to snow days that will keep them wrapped up warm at home. In California, staying dry is a bigger concern than staying warm, although there can be just as many winter car accidents on the coast as in the Midwest.
Is winter dangerous for drivers in California?
Although there are often fewer tourists in the Golden State during the winter, the rainy months span October to March. Some California counties can even see mudslides and other events related to excessive rain.
What are the most common problems while driving in the rain?
Speeding can lead to a loss of control on slippery roads, while an overestimation of road hazards due to fear can also lead to accidents. The fog that settles on many coastal areas of California can lead to poor visibility and an increased chance of a collision.
How can drivers avoid winter accidents?
Drivers should limit their speed to the legal limits of 65 mph on highways and 70 mph on freeways. A large stopping distance between vehicles also minimizes the risk of rear-end collisions.
What should I do if I have been in a car accident?
A driver at fault for damages or injuries may be sued for financial reimbursement of crash-related expenses and possible compensation for physical and emotional pain during recovery. Victims may wish to consult with an attorney on the best way to initiate a lawsuit or open a negotiation towards a settlement.