Every winter, without fail, the roads become more treacherous. Icy conditions, snow, and poor visibility make driving a challenge, to say the least. As a result, it's no surprise that car accidents increase during the winter months. As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, it's important to be aware of the increased risk of car accidents.
What Does the Data Show?
According to the Connecticut Crash Data Repository, there were approximately 99,874 car accidents in Connecticut in 2021. Of those collisions, an average of 295 are fatal and 1,267 result in serious injuries. While these numbers are already alarmingly high, they tend to increase during the winter months. In fact, nearly a quarter of all traffic accidents in Connecticut occurred between December and March:
- 24,893 winter car accidents
- 75 were fatal
- 257 resulted in serious injury
Common Reasons for Winter Car Accidents
There are a number of factors that can contribute to winter car accidents. By understanding the reasons why car accidents increase during winter months, it is possible to take steps to avoid becoming involved in an accident. Some of the most common include:
Poor Road Conditions
Once the temperature starts to drop, roads can become slick and icy. This can make it difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles, especially if they're traveling at high speeds.
Snowfall and ice can obscure a driver's vision, making it difficult to see other cars or potential hazards on the road.
Blizzards, sleet storms, and high winds can make driving conditions even more treacherous.
Inexperienced or careless drivers are more likely to get into accidents, regardless of the weather conditions.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents nationwide, and winter weather can exacerbate this problem. For example, if a driver is trying to defrost their windshield while also talking on the phone or changing the radio station, they're not focusing on the task of driving.
How You Can Stay Safe This Winter
It’s important to stay safe on the roads during winter. Not only is it a more dangerous time for you to be out, it’s dangerous for everyone! Here are some tips for staying safe behind the wheel this winter:
- Check your tires: Make sure your tires have enough tread and pressure before hitting the road.
- Slow down and give yourself extra time: Take your time getting to your destination; there's no need to speed in dangerous weather conditions.
- Avoid distractions: Put your phone away before getting behind the wheel so you can focus on driving.
- Don't tailgate: Leaving plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you will give you more time to react if someone brakes suddenly.
Staying Safe This Winter with David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC
Car accidents happen year-round; however, there is an increased risk during the winter months due to poor road conditions and reduced visibility. Drivers should take precautions such as checking their tires and slowing down before hitting the roadways. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, please reach out to David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC and speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.
Contact us today at (860) 528-4567 or fill out or form online for a free initial consultation.