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Things you can to do prevent winter driving accidents

It is still that time of year when New Jersey residents have to worry about poor road conditions due to bad weather. Winter driving accidents occur far too frequently and numerous people are injured or lose their lives as a result.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are three things you can do to drive safely during the winter. These are prepare, protect and prevent.

How do I prepare for winter driving?

There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for the hazardous road conditions that accompany winter weather. First, you can make sure your car is receiving proper maintenance for both big and small issues. Second, you can make sure you have tools and supplies in your vehicle in the event something unexpected happens. Finally, third, you can take the time to plan out your route and adjust driving time if weather is less than ideal.

How can I protect myself and prevent causing collisions?

When you are driving in winter weather conditions, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and avoid causing collisions. These include:

• Buckling up

• Reducing your speed

• Being aware of your surroundings

• Avoiding driving when tired

What happens if I am in an accident and it is the other driver's fault?

Unfortunately, the only person you can control when behind the wheel of your car is yourself. You cannot control how others will operate their vehicles. So, even if you are doing everything right, there are those who will drive inappropriately for winter weather conditions and end up causing accidents.

If you suffered injuries in an accident due to another person's negligence, you may have legal recourse. The same can be said if you are a surviving family member of a victim killed in a wreck.

What do I have to do to seek compensation for my losses?

According to the state of New Jersey, if you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, you may file civil claims against the responsible party. Personal injury, wrongful death or any other applicable claims that are successfully litigated can result in the awarding of a monetary judgment for any recoverable losses.

Going to court to seek compensation for damages sustained in winter driving accidents can feel like an intimidating task. Thankfully, this is something that you do not have to do alone. An experienced attorney can assist you with your case.

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