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Light snow conditions can be traffic hazards

| Jan 13, 2016 | Car Accidents

Arkansas drivers who who do not have much experience when it comes to driving in winter weather should be aware that driving in light snow can actually be more dangerous that driving in snowstorms. In many cases this may be due to snow falling on roads that have not yet been treated.

New snow can cause untreated roads to become very slick and can cause vehicles to slide. However, the visibility is still often decent enough for drivers to feel comfortable driving at their normal speeds. Traffic also often continues to be heavy as drivers often do not perceive the risk. In heavy snowstorms, drivers are more likely to stay off snowy roads if possible or slow down due to the limited visibility.

Part of the problem is that it can be difficult for drivers to see minor changes in road conditions especially if those roads were completely clear just a few minutes prior. A psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater stated that it can take some time for the human brain to adapt to changes. Additionally, certain luxuries in many vehicles such as heated seats and surround sound can slow down the brain’s ability to adapt.

When drivers ignore weather advisories or drive too fast for the road conditions, there is the potential that they could cause car accidents. If a driver slides on snowy roads and collides with another vehicle, everyone involved could potentially suffer serious injuries. Usually, the driver who caused the accident is responsible for compensating the other injured individuals. If that driver’s insurance company offers a settlement that does not cover all of the damages, such as medical costs and physical damages to the vehicle, a personal injury attorney may assist an injured victim in seeking appropriate compensation through a lawsuit against the negligent driver.

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