Baltimore sees just over 20 inches of snowfall in an average winter. Snow areas are highest from December to March, which means drivers need to be fully prepared for snow-covered or icy roads. Fortunately, snow plow drivers are in action and literally paving the way for winter drivers. Snow plows and salt wagons do their best to keep the roads free of ice and snow before, during and after a snow event.
Hundreds of accidents between cars and snow plows occur every year. Sharing the road safely with a snow plow is the responsibility of both the snow plow operator and the vehicle driver. Below are some tips to help you drive safely this winter. Drivers unlucky enough to have a snow plow accident should contact an experienced car wreck lawyer for assistance.
Common accidents with a snow plow
Snow plow drivers often work for hours to keep up with snowfall and changing weather conditions. Although most drivers are careful, accidents with snow plows do happen. The most common causes of snow plow accidents are:
Bad visibility in rain, snow, sleet or icy weather
Intoxicated or impaired snow plow drivers or motorists
Defective snow plow equipment
Exhausted snow plow drivers who work too many hours straight
Inattention from drivers and pedestrians
Reckless driving by motorists, including speed, tailgate, improper overtaking
Drive into properties such as parked, blocked, or driven cars
Motorists drive too fast for conditions
Tips for safely dividing the road with a snow plow
Snow plows are heavy vehicles that only travel 35 miles per hour on average. It may be frustrating to drive behind or next to you, but motorists need to give snow plows enough space to do their job effectively. You can safely share the road with a snow plow in any of the following ways:
Snow plows take up a lot of space. Drivers should leave about 10 vehicle lengths behind. Salt, snow, stones, and other road debris can fly off the plow blades and potentially hit nearby cars and affect visibility.
It is important to keep in mind that before the snowplow, most likely the road has not been treated or plowed. Drivers need to be patient as they drive after and let the snow plow pave the way for them.
When a snow plow is approaching from the opposite direction on an undivided freeway, drivers should pull as far to the right as possible to avoid debris flying around.
Drivers should not pass snow plows. There are many good reasons not to overtake snow plows. The main reason is the inability to see what lies ahead. There may be other snow plows, icy and snowy conditions, drivers coming from the opposite direction, blades on the plow that are not visible from behind, and other hazards.
There may be times when a plow has to be passed, e.g. B. in an emergency. If necessary, a snow plow should only be driven past on the left. The right side generally has an overhanging blade that could pinch a vehicle. Drivers should pass slowly and only to the left when the road is clear of other drivers. It is important not to turn off the snow plow driver when returning to the original lane.
Drivers shouldn’t leave a snow plow behind. Tailgates are never a good idea, but snow plows in particular often stop and slow down when there are railroad tracks, speed bumps, and other road obstacles. Drivers should lag far behind.
Drivers should not assume that the snowplough driver can see vehicles behind or beside them. Snow plows, because of their size and height, may have more blind spots than a passenger car. In addition, weather conditions can affect the driver’s view. Drivers should drive defensively and not take full responsibility for the visibility of the snow plow.
Motorists should drive for the weather conditions. Many drivers do not slow down enough on snowy or icy roads, which leads to spinouts and other dangerous situations. Hitting a snow plow while on a slide can cause serious damage to the car, personal injury, or even death.
Drivers need to watch out for the flashing lights. Snow plows and salt wagons must use their flashing lights when in operation. Motorists should expect to see snow plows on back roads, highways, berms / back roads, back roads, and even in parking lots. Drivers need to be prepared to see them wherever there is snow or ice.
Drivers should keep their car snow and winter proof. Cars that are not equipped to drive in snow can cause accidents with snow plows and other vehicles.
How can I drive safely in a car in winter?
Driving in winter requires a little more preparation than driving on a beautiful summer day. Snow or icy conditions can occur quickly and roads that have not been treated can become slippery. Visibility can also be an issue as snow, rain, ice, or sleet can fog up the windows and obstruct the view of other vehicles. Keeping a vehicle as winterized as possible can reduce the chance of an accident. These suggestions will help:
Drivers should have the car checked before winter. It is important to make sure that all lights, heaters, and defrosters are working. The tires should have the correct pressure and sufficient profile. Washer fluid, oil, antifreeze, and all other engine fluids should be checked and added.
The battery should be checked and replaced if necessary. Extreme cold and accidents can cause a battery to lose power.
Snow tires are a great option. Tires made specifically for snow conditions offer more traction and water resistance.
Another good idea is to install winter wiper blades. These windshield wipers offer more cleaning options and reduce ice and snow build-up.
Fog lights, headlights and taillights should be used for maximum visibility, including during the day, but especially during rain or blizzard.
The driver should keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid frozen fuel lines and weather conditions that can cause the vehicle to stall.
Snow and ice scrapers should be kept within easy reach in the vehicle. They should be used as often as necessary to stay one step ahead of winter conditions.
Drivers should keep an emergency winter protection kit in the vehicle. This kit may contain a flashlight with extra batteries, torches, blankets, heavy gloves, snowshoes, water, snacks, snow shovel, deicing spray, sand or cat litter, a laminated aid or other emergency sign, a phone charger and jumper cables, screwdrivers, tape and a First aid kit.
What should drivers do in the event of a winter accident?
Even the most careful drivers can be in an accident when snow and ice wreak havoc on the roads. Although snow plows and salt trucks do their best to keep up, accidents can and do do. Drivers involved in a winter weather accident with a snow plow or other vehicle should only do the following when possible:
The first priority is to seek emergency aid first. someone should call 911.
Whenever possible, drivers should take care of injured passengers while they wait for emergency services.
Vehicles and people should be safely removed from the roadway to avoid additional accidents.
Someone should take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including damaged vehicles, injuries, road surface, debris and weather conditions.
If there are witnesses present, someone should try to get their contact information and testimony.
Drivers should stick to the police or other emergency services, but should not admit guilt or guilt.
Drivers should get the contact and insurance information from other vehicles involved.
Help from health care providers should be accepted; Everyone should see a doctor afterward, even if there is no immediate pain, concern, or visible injury.
Drivers must file a report with the insurance company.
Drivers should consult an experienced car wreck attorney.
Baltimore car wreck attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton help victims of winter weather accidents
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident involving a snow plow or other vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for damage and injury. Tolzman & Hamilton is an excellent first step in speaking to the skilled Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness as soon as possible after the accident. We can help you understand your rights and what you might be entitled to if you experience property damage, medical bills, and other losses in a winter weather or other automobile accident. We will fight for all the rights and compensations you deserve. Call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online for a free consultation.
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