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Slick Road Conditions and Safe Driving in Colorado

By Timothy Bussey on January 23, 2018

Colorado is a state that suffers from extreme weather—it can change from sunny and 65° on Monday to a windy whiteout on Tuesday.

Spring sees the potential for volatile storms which bring lighting and hail. Even tornadoes have been known to occur. Summer brings a high risk of expansive forest fires. And winter, of course, leads to blizzards and ice storms.

As Coloradoans, we at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., understand that our rapidly changing weather patterns can make navigating roads and highways a dangerous proposition thanks to the poor conditions and reduced visibility. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident during a weather event, it doesn’t mean that Mother Nature is the only one to blame!

3 Big Safe Driving Tips for Colorado

While the best safety measure is to avoid driving in extreme weather whenever possible, that is not how life works and sometimes we have no choice but to brave the roads during extreme weather. Every driver should be prepared when getting onto Colorado’s unpredictable roads. Here’s our advice:

  1. Ensure everything on your car is working properly. It’s a good idea to have regular tune-ups to check on the condition of essential equipment, such as brakes, battery, headlights, windshield wipers, antifreeze, and tires that you’ll rely on during poor weather.
  2. Store the following safety equipment in your car in case of an emergency:
  • Shovel
  • Tow and tire chains
  • A bag of salt or cat litter
  • Tool kit
  • Flares and a first-aid kit
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Items to keep you warm, including heavy gloves, socks, and blankets.
  1. Reduce speed, turn on your headlights, and avoid any sudden braking when driving in low-visibility or slick conditions. Maintain a larger-than-normal trailing distance from the vehicle in front of you on the road, and be prepared for it to stop or swerve unexpectedly.

No matter how safe you are, you cannot control other drivers and accidents do happen. Poor weather is not an excuse for poor driving. If your accident was caused by a fellow driver who was not exercising due caution in inclement weather, he or she may be found liable for any damages or injuries you suffered. Also, if road cleanup has not been conducted in a timely and adequate manner, you may have a claim that a government entity has acted negligently.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident on Colorado roads, don’t assume that there’s no one to blame. You should consult with one of our experienced attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., who can assess your case and fight for you to receive compensation. Call (719) 475-2555 and schedule a consultation today.

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