As New York workers’ compensation lawyers, we’d like to take a moment to remind those of you who have to be on the road for work to take a little extra time when the weather gets bad. Beyond driving slow, giving yourself extra distance to stop, and staying off the road when possible, there are a few more measures you should consider making part of your winter-weather routine:
- Check your tire pressure and inspect your tires regularly. Temperature changes and rough or covered roadways can take a toll on the safety of your tires. Make it a habit to check your tires at least once every few weeks in the winter.
- Have your vehicle serviced and tested for safety each winter. A brake failure, broken wiper blade, or dead battery may be extra dangerous in the winter, when cold temperatures and hazardous roads make wrecks and roadside accidents more likely.
- Give yourself time to clear snow and ice from your vehicle. We’ve probably all done it at least once – you’re running late and only clear the driver’s side of the front windshield. Driving with limited visibility and no mirrors is extremely dangerous. Be sure to take the time to clear all windows and mirrors before driving.
- Carry a cell phone. Never use your cell phone while driving, but do carry a phone with you in case of emergency.
If you have been injured in a work-related driving accident, speak with one of our expert New York workers’ compensation lawyers today at 866-205-2415 or 1-855-614-4351. We’d be happy to answer your questions and explain your rights in a completely FREE, no-obligation legal consultation.