What Can I Do To Prevent Transportation Accidents During Winter Weather?

By Peter DePaolis

Winter weather conditions make it easy for transportation accidents to happen. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to prevent car wrecks.

If you have to drive in inclement weather, it is important to stay alert, slow down and learn how to control your vehicle when conditions are not ideal. Also, make sure a mechanic inspects your car annually to ensure your tires, battery, transmission, windshield wipers and other components are working properly. Keep up with routine maintenance, such as tire rotations, oil changes and filter changes. While these steps may seem expensive, the cost to prevent a car accident is far less than the harm a car crash can cause.

DC Area Still Recovering From Biggest Snowfall in Years

According to WJLA ABC 7, last week officials were warning mid-Atlantic residents to be extra cautious on roadways following one of the biggest snowfalls in years.

On Valentine’s Day, transportation officials said crews were still clearing roads and that motorists should watch for ice and flooding. In Maryland, crews were treating packed-down snow on stretches of Interstate 70 and US Route 29. Icy conditions also closed a southbound section of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

After suspending Metrobus service overnight during a second wave of snowfall, Metro resumed bus service on February 14. MARC and Virginia Railway Express commuter trains were operating on lighter schedules during the adverse weather, and Amtrak was operating with reduced frequency for some services.

If you were involved in a transportation accident during or following the snowy, adverse weather conditions in the Washington, D.C. area, call our firm today to schedule a free consultation. We can give you information about your rights and about how you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/02/d-c-area-digging-out-from-beneath-biggest-snowfall-in-years-100216.html

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.