Snow, ice and black ice are common dangers that New Jersey drivers may experience while on the roads during the winter months. Black ice may be especially dangerous because it isn’t always apparent that it is there until a driver loses control of a vehicle. It may be possible to avoid accidents and other winter driving dangers by allowing more time to reach a destination.
Drivers are also encouraged to increase their following distance when road conditions are bad. Before the winter weather sets in, it may be a good idea to get an oil change and to test a car’s battery. The transition from fall to winter may also wreak havoc on tire pressure, so it may be a good idea to inspect them as well. The heater, as well as the defroster, should also be checked as part of a late fall or early winter inspection.
Ideally, a car will have a full tank of gas or one that is mostly full at all times. This may prevent the gas line from freezing, which could make it difficult or impossible to drive a vehicle. The tailpipe should be clear of snow or other debris as a blocked pipe could allow dangerous gas to filter back inside of the vehicle while it is running.
Those who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. If it was caused by drunk driving or other negligent behavior, victims might be entitled to compensation for their injuries and additional costs. Punitive damages may be awarded in some cases if appropriate. An attorney may review the case to determine if negligence caused the crash, and legal counsel may be able to settle a lawsuit without going to court.