Snow and ice can create hazardous driving conditions on Oklahoma’s roadways. Accidents can happen, especially during times of high traffic, or during blowing snowstorms where visibility is limited. While some accidents may not be preventable, there are some steps drivers can take to be extra cautious when driving during inclement winter weather.
Be extra cautious
Taking one’s time while driving not only helps one maintain better control of the vehicle on slick roadways but can also help one react to an accident or obstruction in the road. Defensive driving is key when one is driving in any condition, but staying aware of other drivers and being prepared to react if something goes wrong can be even more beneficial in icy or snowy conditions. Some drivers may choose to install snow tires or winterize their vehicles in other ways to stay safe on the road.
Before heading out in snowy conditions it’s wise to stock one’s vehicle in case an emergency does happen. A well-stocked vehicle can keep one safe and warm until help arrives. Some items to include are water, non-perishable foods, blankets, extra clothing, a cell phone charger, and jumper cables. A snow shovel and kitty litter may be helpful if a vehicle gets stuck in the snow.
What to do after an accident
Accidents with injuries may be more likely to happen when the roads are icy. Anyone who has been injured in an accident in Oklahoma may face financial repercussions related to the crash. If the crash was caused by the negligence of another driver, the victim has the right to take legal action against that driver. A successful lawsuit can provide compensation to help a victim pay for accident-associated expenses.