Colorado is a beautiful state. The natural scenery makes it one of the best, most gorgeous places to live in the whole country. Unfortunately, Colorado is also a state with some extreme weather changes. You can go from a mild and sunny Monday to a turbulent and windy Tuesday in just the snap of a finger.
These weather changes are particularly prevalent during the spring, as the seasons begin to change. Residents of Colorado should be particularly wary of volatile storms and, sometimes, even tornadoes during this period. You should not be surprised if you are met with any lightning or hail.
Of course, other seasons bring their own risks as well. The heat of the summertime brings with it the increased risk of forest fires. Forest fires are dangerous particularly because they are so expansive. They can spread out into larger areas immediately.
Winter has probably the most obvious risks: blizzards and ice storms. Sometimes, the snowy season comes earlier than non-residents may expect. In fact, Colorado did not see its first snowfall of the 2014-2015 season until September 12th. While most of this snowfall was barely even measurable, Colorado residents knew to take this as a sign of more serious winter weather to come.
Drivers especially should take note of the start of the winter season. The good news is that most winter accidents, much like most car accidents in general, are generally preventable. There are many quick and easy steps you may be able to take to keep yourself from getting involved in an automobile accident during the winter season.
The first and foremost preventative measure you can take is obvious: use extreme caution on icy and/or snowy roads. A slick road can dramatically increase your risk of getting in an auto accident. Do not take this information lightly. Be slower, more cautious, and generally more alert than you would normally be while driving.
You will also want to make sure you are taking all the proper precautions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply warming up your car has the potential of causing carbon monoxide poisoning, as can using heaters and grills. No matter what situation you are in, make sure that you have proper ventilation.
As you may have noticed already, much of winter accident prevention simply boils down to increased vigilance. This common-sense approach can help you prevent many potential problems and keep you safe. Another way you may be able to do so is to watch out for downed power lines. They may be more likely to fall under the weight of snow, ice, or falling trees.
Furthermore, remember that vigilance includes being fully prepared for anything life may throw at you. You can do this just by making sure that your car is in optimum condition before you go on a drive. Remember that winter weather can be harsher on your car than any other seasons.
You do not want to find out that something was wrong with your car when you are left stranded in the middle of the road during a blizzard. Make sure you check before storm season hits that your car is in good working condition.
Longtime Colorado residents are probably used to the snow. It is a common enough occurrence that any resident who has lived in the state for one winter knows just what to do when snowfall comes. Drivers may feel especially confident that they know what to do on the road.
In reality, knowing how to do something is very different from carrying out that very action in real life. You want to make sure that you can handle Colorado’s winter conditions in action. That is why we are here to help.
As mentioned earlier in this blog post, you will want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top condition before the storm season starts. This involves making sure that your battery can handle the cold and checking your antifreeze and cooling system. When it comes to your antifreeze, do not rely on any universal standards. Instead, check the driver’s manual for your car to ensure that you are doing exactly what you are supposed to do.
You should also take the time to remove any and all snow and frost from your windshield, mirrors, and rear windows before driving, no matter how minor they may seem. Failing to do so may result in having snow and ice chunks to fall off your vehicle while you are on the road. At best, this will result in poor visibility while you are behind the wheel. At worst, this will result in a serious accident.
Make sure you are intimately familiar with your car’s braking system. This means knowing whether or not you have anti-lock brakes or regular brakes. Knowing what to expect will help you know what to do in case you ever need to deploy the brakes under pressure. Also, remember to leave extra space between vehicles during the wintertime. You do not want to have to hit your brakes on an icy road. This could easily lead to skidding or worse.
Remember that you do not always need to be driving at the speed limit. Actually, you should only take speed limits as suggestions under ideal conditions. Many winter collisions may be avoided simply by driving under the speed limit and at the speed of traffic. Speeding on slick roads can easily prove to be reckless, leading you to slide off the road, into a ditch, or even into another vehicle.
No matter the season, if you have been involved in an auto accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide car accident attorneys. Let us fight for you.