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Many Washingtonians love living in the Pacific Northwest because of the easy-going weather. National attention is typically paid to our rainy season, but the beautiful summers and mild winters allow for yearlong outside activity. Unfortunately, when the inclement winter weather arrives, many Washington drivers are unprepared to deal with the falling snow and icy roads. Of course, unlike many locales, the greater Seattle metro area is brimming with hills and other road conditions unsuitable for winter driving. Mix the difficult terrain with inexperienced winter drivers and there is a potent combination that inevitably leads to car accidents.
Even if you are an experienced driver, Washington’s laws regarding car accidents do not take into account the snow and ice if you happen to cause a motor vehicle collision. Unless an emergency situation is created due to no fault of your own – a difficult burden to meet – drivers are held to nearly the same standards as if they were driving on a bright summer day. To be held liable for causing an accident, you must be negligent. And, even if a nasty ice patch ultimately led to your car accident, a driver’s failure to drive carefully, take proper precautions, or perhaps avoiding driving all-together, may lead to civil liability in a liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
When its snowy and icy, it may be best to avoid the roads completely. If you need to drive, always take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips to make sure your snowy drive remains a winter wonderland:
Washington drivers have a duty to take the proper precautions in order to avoid causing a car accident. These tips can help you drive more safely in the ice and snow. Regardless of your preparedness, you can never account for other drivers’ behavior. At the law office of Magnuson Lowell P.S., we’ve helped families throughout Washington after they’ve been injured in a wintery car accident, and our experienced attorneys will fight for your best interests. Call today for a free consultation (425)885-7500.