Colorado winters are often severe, and all drivers are advised to limit their traveling in icy, snowy conditions to essential trips. Regardless of one’s driving skills, the chances of crossing paths with an inexperienced or negligent driver are significant. Experienced drivers will know they must adjust their driving techniques to prevailing conditions, but even that may not be enough.
Even light snowfall poses risks. Conditions can deteriorate quickly, making roads slippery and challenging to navigate safely. Although smaller, lighter snowflakes might not seem as dangerous, they can ice up the windshield and obscure visibility. Anyone driving on roads covered with snow should be prepared for almost anything.
The following driving strategies are recommended:
- Adjust speed to the conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit, which is in place for perfect conditions.
- Be alert and ready to react quickly to unanticipated situations, even if the snowfall is no more than a dusting.
- Keep a safe following distance because of impaired braking ability.
- The lack of traction makes inclines like the ramps onto highways dangerous places to stop.
- Special care is also necessary when driving downhill.
Victims of auto accidents caused by the negligence of other parties likely have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief. They can file a personal injury lawsuit in a Colorado civil court. Upon the appropriate proof of negligence, the court will consider awarding compensation to the plaintiff to cover documented losses, including both economic and noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.