The only way to guarantee that you will not be involved in an accident caused by icy road conditions is to stay off the road entirely when those conditions exist. Unfortunately, Tennessee drivers will often find themselves in situations where driving on ice is unavoidable. With the knowledge of how to properly drive on ice, Knoxville motorists are less likely to be involved in a crash.
If you or a loved has been injured in an accident that was a result of driving on ice, you may be eligible to recover any losses incurred, depending on the circumstances of the crash. You may be able to receive compensation for damages, including current and future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, physical pain and emotional trauma.
To begin exploring your legal options if you were involved in an ice driving accident due to no fault of your own, contact our attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.
Ice Driving Safety Tips
By knowing how to drive on ice and preparing your vehicle for icy road conditions, you may be able to avoid being involved in an accident. The following tips are intended to help keep you and your loved ones safe on Tennessee roads and highways this winter:
- Before getting on the road, make sure that your tires have enough tread. A tire requires at least 6.32-inch deep tread in order to have adequate ice traction, according to The Tire Rack.
- Exercise extreme caution on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, as these tend to freeze first. Even when the temperature is above freezing, if the road is wet, you may encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways.
- Drive in lower gears in order to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels begin to lock, ease off the brake.
- Be aware of black ice. Also known as glare ice, this is an almost transparent ice that looks like a puddle, if it is visible at all. A good rule of thumb is if the road looks like it might be slick, then it probably is.
- Never assume your vehicle can handle all types of road conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles are susceptible to the dangers present on icy roads.
- Do not use cruise control or overdrive.
- Keep your windshield and lights clean. Also, make sure that your lights are on.
- Slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Experts recommend leaving as much as three times the amount of space that you usually leave under good weather conditions.
Contact a Knowledgeable Tennessee Auto Accident Attorney Today
Regardless of a motorists driving ability or vehicle preparedness, there are some winter conditions that just cannot be conquered. While these tips are intended to help prevent accidents caused by driving on ice, sometimes an accident is simply unavoidable.
At Greg Coleman Law, we offer free legal consultations to Tennessee accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our legal team will review the details of your claim and recommend the best course of action to take in pursuing legal and financial remedies. If you have been injured in an ice driving accident, we urge you to seek legal counsel right away.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Knoxville car accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, contact Greg Coleman Law today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.