5 Safety Tips for Fall and Winter Driving

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5 Safety Tips for Fall and Winter Driving

Winter driving in Philadelphia can be a challenge even to experienced drivers. A mild rain can soon turn to snow or a blizzard and the roads can get treacherous. Ideally, as the roads begin to get covered in sheets of ice in Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Montgomery County, you should stay indoors. But for those who have no other option but to drive, here are 5 safety tips for fall and winter driving in Philadelphia to avoid a car accident.

5 Safety Tips for Winter Driving in Philadelphia

1. Get your car checked

Before it gets too late, get your car thoroughly serviced. Ask your mechanic to check your vehicle’s fluid and antifreeze levels, tire-pressure, battery, and wipers. They should also examine the brakes to see if they are functioning properly.

2. Go slow

No matter where you are headed, no matter how tempting it may get, always go slow on icy roads to avoid a car accident. This is especially true when you are accelerating on decelerating. Remember that with ice, it takes longer to come to a halt. Watch out for frozen roads that may look wet, often called ‘black ice.’ 

3. Beware of wet leaves

Wet leaves are as slippery as ice. With a lot of wooded areas, this means more roads for drivers to slow down and be cautious.

4. Watch out for animals

Food becomes scarce for animals during winter and they start exploring more. Inadvertently this may lead them to roads. Poor visibility adds to the problem, and therefore, drivers should be cautious, especially around wooded areas.

5. Stock up

Your tank should be at least half-full, and your mobile phone must be fully charged. You should also carry extra blankets and gloves.

As the days get shorter, there should be added precautions while driving at night. And if you meet with an accident, make sure you call your personal injury attorney at the earliest.

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Call the police and make sure an ambulance is sent as soon as possible. Make sure everyone involved in the accident is conscious and responsive. Stay at the scene even if the accident isn’t serious, the police should be called regardless and a police report should be filed. It is important when speaking to the police that you stick to the facts, do not speculate, and most importantly do not admit any fault. Make sure you take as many pictures as you can with your cell phone. Also, we suggest taking a picture of the other person’s license plate, their drivers license, and insurance information. The pictures should document any damage that is caused by both vehicles.  Seek medical attention as soon as possible if injured, even if you do not feel any pain, you may be in a state of shock and could experience medical issues later on.

If you are experiencing pain, injury, or financial damages as a result of someone else’s negligence. You may have a personal injury case. If the other driver was at fault or failed to follow the legal rules of the road – our car accident attorneys may be able to prove that the other party is liable for those damages. For example, if you were rear-ended in a car accident, typically the other driver is responsible for that accident and the insurance company could be liable for any damages.

Within the first few days, you will receive communications from both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You may be contacted by your health insurance company, doctors, and even attorneys. The other driver’s insurance company may request that you sign medical authorizations so they can retrieve your medical records. Before you speak to any of these people or sign any documents, it is important that you seek legal counsel.

You may have a difficult time paying for your medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. Make sure to bill any treatment as you normally would through your healthcare provider. Additionally, you may have medical payment coverage under your car insurance plan. This could be used to cover your co-pays and other medical expenses that your health insurance company may not cover initially.

This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on many factors. If we are successful in proving that the other party is liable for your injuries and damages, you could be compensated for medical bills and any other hospital costs, lost wages, costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, disability or disfigurement, pain and suffering, wrongful death, including loss of financial support and any other out of pocket expense that was related to your accident.

Depending on the severity of your injuries and the length of time you need to heal from your injuries will determine the length of your claim. We also have to factor in the willingness of the other party to settle as they make their initial offer. If unreasonable offers are made, your claim may proceed to trial, which will increase the length of your claim.

At Kats, Jamison & Associates all personal injury accident cases are handled on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we will never charge you upfront for any cost and we will advance all costs and expenses. You will not have to reimburse our Firm for any costs unless we are successful. You will pay absolutely nothing for lawyers’ fees unless we win a monetary sum in your case.

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