Are You Prepared for Metro Detroit Roads in the Winter?

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The already bad metro Detroit roads are always made worse in winter conditions.

Another winter has arrived in Detroit, and with the city experiencing a population boom, there are more cars on the road. With more cars and slick conditions, we’re sure to experience more accidents.

If you’re worried about winter driving and accidents in Detroit, we’ve got just the guide for you. Here, we’re going to tell you what to do to prepare for an accident and what you need to do in the event that you go through one.

You don’t have to live in fear when driving in Detroit. Follow our guide and you’ll be prepared for any situation.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Making sure that your car is driveable in icy road conditions is so important to do before the temperature drops and the snow comes. Switch to all-season or winter tires, and keep supplies in your car (water, food, flashlight, windshield scraper, etc.), in the event of an emergency.

The likelihood of accidents and getting stranded goes way up when the snow starts, so the more prepared you are, the better.

Know the Brakes When Winter Driving

Get to know your car a little bit more intimately as well. Specifically, you need to test your brakes in a safe place to find out how they’ll react to stopping in the snow and ice. 

Whether you’ve got anti-lock brakes or not, you need to know what the car is going to do when it starts sliding. A few test runs on a quiet street can help you deal with other cars on the road and other obstacles when you’re driving for real.

When Accidents Happen

The cruel reality is, accidents happen a lot in winter weather, so you need to know what to do in the aftermath. Unfortunately, you can’t just blame the weather after an accident and fault are determined by how you react and how you’ve prepared for the weather.

At the end of the day, you, as the driver, are responsible for controlling the vehicle, no matter the conditions. The insurance companies will use fault determination rules to figure out which driver to hold accountable. In some cases, a 50-50 fault determination will be issued to both drivers.

If you’ve been found at fault for a winter weather accident that you feel is unfair, or you’ve been in an accident where the other driver should be found at fault but wasn’t, you may need to hire a car accident lawyer.

Hire a Good Lawyer

At Hakim Law, we specialize in auto accident law in the Detroit area. We understand the stress and dangers involved in winter driving, so having one of our amazing lawyers on-call can put your mind at ease when the conditions get rough out there.

To consult with our team about your auto accident, visit hakimlaw.com. While you’re there, come back and visit our blog again for more informative articles about how to handle emergency automobile accidents, as well as motorcycle accidents, and dog bites in the Detroit area.