No doubt winters in Colorado can be brutal. Many areas of the state receive massive amounts of snowfall, which only increases the risks of auto accidents. Here are some tips to stay safe while traveling Colorado roads in the winter.
Maintain awareness of potential risks
Probably the most important thing motorist can do while driving in the winter months is to maintain an awareness of the potential hazards they may face while driving. Some of those hazards include the following:
- Fatigue – people may experience more tiredness and fatigue on the roads due to the added stress and business of the holiday season.
- Drunk driving – the holidays are times of festivities with friends and loved ones; however, some people may choose to imbibe too much alcohol or become inebriated by other substances. Drivers should learn to recognize the signs of possible intoxication in other drivers in order to avoid an accident.
- Commercial vehicles – The holidays usually see an increase in delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles on the road as people order many of their Christmas gifts online. In their rush to deliver packages and goods, some commercial drivers may act recklessly on the road, and drivers should watch out for careless or reckless behavior of truck drivers.
- Snow and ice – Of course, snow and ice on the road increase the potential for accidents. Drivers should drive carefully according to current weather conditions and allow themselves more time to reach their destinations.
These are but a few suggestions for helping drivers and their passengers stay safe on Colorado roads during the winter. Should a person be involved in an accident due to another driver’s carelessness or negligence, he or she has the option of pursuing civil claims against the other driver in an attempt to recover damages. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney will increase their chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.