The month of December has led to a series of challenging weather events across the state of Missouri. Icy weather during the middle of the month resulted in ten people being killed in car accidents, with more snow and freezing rain expected over the busy holiday traveling season.
Law enforcement agencies as well as officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are offering some safety tips to motorists to help them avoid being involved in a car accident during the winter months. Drivers are encouraged to obey posted speed limits, and slow down if these speeds are unsafe for current conditions.
Traveling too fast on snow or ice-covered roadways can make it difficult for motorists to stop, possibly preventing them from being able to avoid crashing into other cars that may be nearby. Law enforcement officials generally recommend that motorists drive their vehicles 30 percent slower to accommodate for snowy and icy conditions. Motorists should plan extra time into their drive if they are expected to encounter winter weather while on the road. Many drivers are focused on reaching their destinations as soon as possible, and may become impatient when stuck in holiday traffic.
Additionally, motorists should also be sure that their vehicles are ready for the upcoming changes in conditions. Tires should be checked to determine if they are properly inflated, and also to see if they have enough tread to be able to grip the roadway. Worn tires could result in drivers being unable to control their cars. Motorists should also check to make sure that windshield wipers and all lights are in proper working order.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officers will be increasing their presence along roadways throughout the busy holiday season. They will be offering assistance to motorists involved in crashes, and also looking for motorists who are speeding or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident in Missouri, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to see if you may potentially be able to recover compensation from the parties who caused the crash. This will often require a very detailed review of the accident, including interviewing witnesses and examining the site of the collision.
An attorney will be able to perform these investigations, and also begin preparing your case for whatever comes next. Your main concern should be recovering from your injuries. You do not want to have to try to negotiate with insurance companies after they have made attempts to settle your claims. Your attorney can represent your interests, and offer you advice on the options that are available to you at this time.