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Drive defensively: Safer winter driving in Maryland

Here at Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., we represent the victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. As the rush of the holiday season looms, crashes will undoubtedly happen on dangerous Maryland roads: I-95, I-83, I-97, I-70 and others.

Seek legal advice

If an accident happens in wintry conditions, it is important to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so that counsel can launch an investigation of the accident. Was the other driver negligent because he or she did not modify driving behavior in response to winter weather? Were there other contributing factors like driving under the influence, speeding, tailgating or texting while driving?

As the winter months approach, bringing ice, snow, sleet and fog, you should take precautions to make your Maryland road trips as safe as possible. It is also the responsibility of others to adjust their driving practices to the weather conditions.

Maintenance and driving tips

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration or MVA provides suggestions for preparing your vehicle for optimal winter performance and safety as well as driving tips. For example:

  • Perform routine maintenance now to be ready for the first snow.
  • Have tires serviced and replace if recommended.
  • Be sure the coolant and windshield washer reservoirs are full.
  • Remove snow from head and taillights and from the top of your car, and completely clear and de-ice all windows before driving.
  • Have your windshield wipers checked and replace them if required.
  • Slow down and leave early.
  • Increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Understand the kind of brakes you have and how to respond if you slide.
  • Stay home if you can in a storm.
  • Stay far behind a plow or salt truck and do not pass it.
  • Be especially cautious on bridges and ramps, which can deceptively freeze.

Sometimes no matter how careful you are, an accident happens because someone else was not. If this happens to you this winter, get medical care and then talk to a lawyer with Maryland car collision experience. Legal counsel will handle communication with involved insurance companies and other lawyers on your behalf. Your lawyer can provide advice about next steps and potential remedies for your losses.

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