Winter Driving Tips

December 30th, 2019

Being firmly rooted in the Deep South, most parts of Louisiana enjoy mostly ice and snow-free winters. However, that doesn’t mean Louisianans are exempt from having to worry about the dangers of winter weather when they’re driving between the months of December and March.

The state is known for occasional freezing temperatures and accumulation of ice and snow, which are made all the more dangerous because of many local drivers’ inexperience with handling those conditions. In addition, many Louisianans travel to other parts of the country that are more likely to experience hazardous weather and road conditions during the winter months. Being unprepared for winter weather can make driving a more frustrating experience at best and a downright dangerous activity at worst.

Here’s How You Can Drive Safely in Winter Weather

Snow and ice are often seen as a novelty in Louisiana rather than the potential danger they can be—especially for drivers with little to no experience with these weather conditions’ effect on roadways. To stay safe this winter and in the years to come, whether you’re driving in Louisiana or any other part of the country, do your best to follow the tips below.

Overall, one of the best tips you can keep in mind is to never underestimate the danger that snow and ice can pose on roads. Even if your vehicle has the latest and greatest in safety technology, including all-wheel drive, all-weather tires, and stability control, it’s still important to drive cautiously and carefully when temperatures dip below freezing. You should also keep in mind that bridges ice over first in the winter, and it doesn’t have to be at or below 32 degrees outside for ice to form on them.

You Could Get Paid if a Negligent Driver Caused Your Crash

Unfortunately, following the tips above can only reduce your risks of being involved in a crash this winter—not completely eliminate it. When other drivers fail to obey the rules of the road, or they fail to adapt their driving behaviors to inclement weather, serious crashes can occur. And when their negligence causes others to suffer injuries, our Louisiana auto accident attorneys believe that they should be held accountable for the expenses and suffering they caused.

Expenses associated with winter weather crashes can be significant. They typically include expensive medical bills for all manner of auto accident-related injuries, including broken bones, head injuries, soft tissue damage, and even internal organ damage. In addition, many victims are unable to work for long periods of time due to their injuries, and that means no paychecks. Finally, crashes can be mentally and emotionally painful.

We believe that victims deserve to be compensated when accidents affect their quality of life, and seek to help our clients recover compensation for all the ways they’ve been harmed: physically, financially, and emotionally.

Don’t Trust Just Any Law Firm after a Winter Weather Accident

At Dudley DeBosier, our legal team knows how important it is for victims to get the compensation they deserve after crashes that weren’t their fault. But we also know how difficult it can be to get a fair settlement from insurance companies that are more concerned about their own profits than paying victims the money they’re truly owed.

That’s because insurers have many tricks up their sleeves to either reduce or deny otherwise valid claims, resulting in injured victims coming away with paltry settlements—or sometimes, no money at all. When you contact us, you’ll get a legal team on your side that stays one step ahead of the insurance company from the moment we take on your claim until the day you collect your check.

And throughout the process, you can count on us to answer your questions, address your concerns, and keep you up to date on the progress we’re making on your claim. We treat our clients like family and battle with the insurance company to get them the results they deserve—that’s the Dudley DeBosier Difference.