Lake-Effect Snow Causes Car Accidents

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Feb 16, 2015 in Car Accidents

whiteout conditions cause car accidents

Slippery conditions and intense lake-effect snow contributed to several car accidents in Milwaukee on Sunday. Officials blame blowing snow fueled by wind gusts for massive whiteout conditions on interstates 94 and 43 north for the slippery conditions and low visibility. While no air travel was disrupted, officials reported nearly 14 crashes, spin outs and disabled vehicles around the area.

Tips for Driving in a Whiteout

Driving in winter weather can be tricky, especially in whiteout conditions. Not all cars respond the same way to icy, slippery roads. For that reason, knowing how to handle your vehicle and how it responds in various weather conditions is important.

If conditions are bad enough that you cant see the roads, put on your four-way flashers and park in a safe place off the road. Avoid going to the side of the road unless its an absolute emergency, as this can create a dangerous situation for you and other drivers.

Here are a few simple tips drivers can follow to stay alive and safe.

  • Slow down: Speed limits are set for summer conditions, when snow and ice arent an issue. If youre driving in a whiteout, use common sense and slow down.
  • Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering: Avoid jerking the wheelovercorrections could put you in a tailspin. Instead, smoothly guide your car where you want it to go.
  • Dont tailgate: Leave more room than you normally would between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Dont slam on brakes if you start to spin out of control: Use small, slow motions and steer in the direction you want to go and keep steady, light pressure on the gas. 

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