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Car accidents » Avoid accidents in winter


As we move through the changing of the seasons and towards winter, being well-prepared and knowing how to react if you are stranded or lost on the road is essential to avoid car accidents.

All kinds of winter weather can emerge - from fog and snow to sleet and blizzards - reducing visibility and creating deadly road conditions like black ice. Knowing how to deal with those situations before they arrive can be helpful. One fatal slip or slide and your car could be off the road and before you can say Father Christmas you could find yourself facing a no win, no fee compensation claim.

All road users should drive as if something is about to happen at any second, and be aware of everybody else on the road at all time. In cold and rainy weather, drive more slowly. If there is a lot of rain on the road, drive only as far as the road that you can see. Failure to do so can constitute reckless driving, which in the event of a car accident would greatly reduce your entitlement to personal injury compensation.

Check the weather reports in the morning before you leave - if it looks like there will be a serious chance of snowfall, consider using alternative transport like a train, taxi or bus.

Prepare your car by carrying snow chains, clearing the car of ice and snow (especially the windscreen), making sure you have defrosting fluid and making sure your tyres are not worn down and need to be replaced.

Things to check before getting on a snowy road:
Top tips to avoid being involved in a car accident this winter include:

  1. Make sure brakes, windscreen wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust work.
  2. Make sure your car is full of petrol so that you dont have to stop.
  3. Replace old or worn tyres
  4. Replace your car battery if necessary and carry jump leads
  5. Increase the space between you and the car in front
  6. Accelerate slowly and avoid sudden stops and starts
  7. Keep your mobile phone in the car and a torch, to flash for help
  8. Buy any extra winter items you may need like a snow scraper
  9. Add winter items to an emergency kit (including a warning triangle and first aid kit) like blankets, extra jumpers, and soup/cups with immersion heaters that plug into your cigarette lighter
  10. Check the duration of your route carefully and leave earlier to allow for traffic and any hazards that may arise.

Car accident compensation
During winter, taking care on the roads is more important than ever. Wet surfaces, slippery road conditions and ice present threats to even the best drivers. Anybody can get involved in a car accident, especially in winter, but that does not necessarily mean that it was your fault.

If you have sustained a personal injury because you were involved in a non-fault car accident, you may be able to make a claim.

Our panel of personal injury solicitors operate on a no win no fee basis and you wont have to pay a single penny of your compensation towards any costs and fees that may arise from your case.

Even if your compensation claim is unsuccessful you wont have to pay a thing as we take out an insurance policy on your behalf to cover any of the opposing sides legal costs.

Our team also have an excellent success rate in personal injury cases and may be able to help you too.

So why not investigate your right to car accident compensation today. You can contact us by requesting a call back at a time that is convenient to you or filling out an online claims form.

Alternatively, give us a call on 01582 437070 and we will explain how the car accident claim process works and let you know what steps to take next.