As January and February bring record storms and snow totals across Indiana, the highways and surface roads can get ugly. One article by the Weather Channel from earlier this week notes a nasty pile-up on I-65, near Lafayette. According to the report, the snowy roads combined with fog and general low visibility led to an accident involving 13 vehicles.
According to local police, one semi-truck caught fire and several motorists were sent to the hospital as a result of the crash. None of the injuries reported were life-threatening.
Winter Driving Tips
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the accident described above. However, that will not always be the case when the conditions are as bad as they have often been this winter season. To make sure that you and your family are safe out there on the road, follow these basic winter driving tips:
- Check that all tires are properly inflated and in good working condition.
- Ensure that you have an adequate amount of windshield wiper fluid.
- Clear all snow and ice off of your car completely before driving.
- Keep your gas tank at least half-full to avoid frozen gas lines.
- Drive slow when the conditions are bad or there is low visibility.
- Know how your car handles on slick, wet, or snow-covered roads.
- Never drive tired and always keep 100% of your attention on the road.
- Finally, always wear your seatbelt.
By following these steps, you will be able to decrease the chance that you will be invoved in a serious winter driving accident.
No matter how cautious we are, sometimes there is nothing we can do to avoid an accident. This is often the case when another driver is not paying attention or driving while under the influence of some drug or alcohol.
In these cases, the laws in the State of Indiana protect the innocent victims of auto accidents by allowing them a method of recovery under the Indiana law of negligence. In order to recover under Indiana negligence law, an accident victim must prove that the other driver was negligent and that the other driver’s negligence caused some harm to the victim.
Negligence can be proven a number of ways, but doing so is best left to an experienced Indiana accident attorney, as the ins and outs of the Indiana civil justice system can be quite confusing for the inexperienced.
What To Do if You Have Been Involved in an Indiana Auto Accident
If you have been involved in an Indiana car accident, you should speak to an Indiana accident attorney as soon as possible. While the law does provide accident victims the right to recover in many circumstances, that right must be enforced or it will be waived. To find out more about the negligence laws in Indiana, and to discuss the facts of your case with an experienced Indiana attorney, click here or call 888-532-7766 today.
Cold Weather and Holiday Libations Can Make for Dangerous Roads, Indiana Accident Attorneys, December 27, 2013.
Two-Car Accident Injures Seven in Newport, Indiana, Indiana Accident Attorneys, January 10, 2014.