Until this week, the Midwest had a pretty mild winter. Now, the cold has arrived, and with it snow and ice. While many people love the snow, no one likes driving in it.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over half a million car crashes due to snow or ice each year. While most of these do not result in serious injuries, some do. Tragically, crashes due to snow or ice cause over 2,000 deaths each year.
There are numerous things drivers can do to minimize the likelihood of a crash: drive at a reasonable speed; maintain a safe distance behind other cars; keep your headlights on; clear your windshield; make sure your tires are not worn; don’t use your cruise control.
Many people will take precaution when driving during winter driving conditions. Some people, however, will choose not to. When those people cause a crash, they can’t simply blame the collision on the road condition. Under Missouri and Illinois law, a driver has to act responsibly, even when the weather is bad.