Texas might not be known for cold weather, but our state certainly sees its fair share of below-freezing nights. In 2014, temperatures dropped as low as 15.8 degrees Fahrenheit, according to WeatherSpark.
Compared to other states, drivers in Texas have very little experience travelling in snowy and icy conditions. Motorists who do not adjust their behavior to the conditions endanger themselves, their passengers and other road users.
Unfortunately, many drivers speed, tailgate and behave recklessly in wintery weather. If you were hurt or lost a family member due to a negligent motorist in Texas, contact the Robson Law Firm.
Our personal-injury lawyers have recovered more than $26 million for our clients, and we will help you claim the highest possible compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident attorney in Austin. You can also learn more about personal-injury claims in Texas by visiting the USAttorneys website.
How to Avoid Weather-Related Accidents while Driving in the Winter
Holiday traffic, snow, ice – the winter months come with plenty of driving hazards. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of crashing by following these six safety tips:
- Check your exhaust pipe for snow and ice. If your pipe is clogged, you could end up breathing in poisonous carbon monoxide;
- Do not slam on your brakes when you stop on an icy surface. Rather, brake gently to avoid skidding;
- Never activate cruise control when ice is on the road. If a tire loses traction, your vehicle will maintain the same speed, which could cause a spinout;
- When driving in sleet and snow, activate your low-beam headlights;
- Put an ice scraper in your car so you can clear your windshield if it freezes over; and
- Double your following distance to six seconds when driving on the highway, and reduce your speed.
Unfortunately, many drivers do not practice basic safety etiquette when travelling in winter weather. If you were injured in a crash with a negligent motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Loss of income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Past and future health-care expenses;
- Loss of household services;
- Mental anguish;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Physical impairment; and
If the driver who caused your injuries was drunk at the time of the crash, then you also may be entitled to exemplary damages, also known as “punitive damages.”
The accident lawyers at the Robson Law Firm have been protecting the rights of the injured for more than 20 years. We will investigate your wreck, evaluate the police report and help you fight for the maximum settlement. If your case goes to trial, our personal-injury attorneys have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
A small oversight during the claims process, such as making recorded statements to insurance adjusters or overlooking certain damages, could prevent you from recovering fair compensation. An Austin accident lawyer from our firm will help you avoid those mistakes. Call 512-345-8200 today to schedule a free initial consultation.