Early Milwaukee Snowfalls Cause Numerous Accidents
According to the Milwaukee Department of Public Works, there were 111 salt trucks out on the road this past weekend in an attempt to stay ahead of the snow. Despite this effort, the roads remained slippery and accidents already began to surge. When snow and ice are in play, accidents can turn deadly.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, in fact, reported 33 accidents with property damage as well as 31 disabled vehicles and nine personal injury accidents. In addition, there were three driving under the influence crashes as well.
Heavier snow also fell south of Milwaukee, causing even bigger problems like snow emergencies. When heavy snow collects on power lines this can also lead to loss of power or injuries from the snow as it falls down onto an individual. With winter weather ahead, it is always a good idea to stay on top of safety tips and do as much as possible to prevent your family from becoming a victim in an accident.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Having your car checked before the long winter season is one way to ensure that your maintenance is up to par. Always check the weather before heading out on the roads to ensure that you are avoiding any major problems that could put you at higher risk of an accident.
Spot Dangerous Drivers
If you notice someone who is swerving or otherwise driving recklessly or not taking care to drive more cautiously as a result of the weather, it’s a good idea to pull over or to contact authorities. Easing into the winter weather can always cause problems with higher accident numbers as people may be more confident than they should be heading out on the road.
Check the Weather
Although you cannot always predict a major winter storm, keep an eye on the weather more closely during the colder months. This could help you avoid being on the road during a ice or snowfall. Even if you are comfortable traveling during these adverse conditions, you should not count on other drivers being so adept. It’s better to stay home or make alternative arrangements if a big storm is coming. Use a weather app on your phone to get critical alerts.
What To Do If You’ve Already Been Injured
If you or someone else has been injured as a result of another person’s negligence on Milwaukee roads, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options. If someone else’s reckless behavior is at fault for the injuries you have sustained, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. No one should have to suffer the consequences of another driver’s reckless behavior, but unfortunately this happens all too often anyway.
Fighting for compensation could help you recover from your injuries and allow you to focus on putting your life back together and recovering in the aftermath of an accident. This winter, stay safe on those Milwaukee roads by paying attention, having your car checked for proper maintenance and by steering clear of driving when bad weather is ahead.