Dangerous Road Accident
Officials are attempting to respond to the snowfall by mobilizing snowplows to dangerous areas where they are needed most. In the meantime, drivers are encouraged to avoid driving unless they absolutely must venture out in these conditions. If you have to drive in icy and snowy conditions, here are a few tips to help you stay safe: Read the rest »
Over a snowy two-day period, 149 vehicles crashed in Spokane County. According to a NWPR news report, there were 116 wrecks on January 7 in Spokane County when half a foot of snow fell, and another 33 accidents by mid afternoon on January 8. Officials say that many of these dangerous roadway crashes involved drivers who were traveling too fast for the roadway conditions. The posted speed limits are for optimal roadway conditions and not for roads that are covered in snow, water, or ice. In the article, a Spokane police officer recommended driving no faster than 30 mph on roads where the limit is 50 mph.
Winter driving can be treacherous. When it is snowing, it may be advisable to just stay home. If you do have to drive, there are a number of important safety tips to consider. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that your vehicle has been properly maintained. Having inflated tires that have proper tire tread depth is key to getting good traction. Having quality brakes will also prove vital when dealing with wet and icy conditions. Read the rest »
Washington winters mean snow, ice, and rain – and sometimes all three. With the possibility of inclement weather always in the air, it’s important to plan ahead so you minimize your risk of serious injury in a car accident.
Here are a few ways your plans can help protect you, your passengers, and others on the road:
- Check the weather reports. Pay attention to weather forecasts and plan errands or extended trips on days the weather is predicted to be clear. Before you hit the road, check the weather not only in your area, but also in the places you plan to go, so you’ll know if you’re heading into a storm. Read the rest »
All Washington drivers should prepare their vehicles before winter weather hits in order to reduce the risk of an accident. There are many vehicle checks you should keep in mind as colder weather moves in. Even without snow or ice, a drop in temperatures can change road and vehicle conditions, which may increase your risk of an accident.
Here are a few things to examine while you’re preparing your vehicle for winter weather:
- Tires. Do your tires have sufficient tread on them? Do they need to be rotated? In some conditions, you may want to consider switching to tires specially designed for winter weather. Also, don’t forget to check your tire pressure. For every 10-degree drop in air temperature, your tire pressure can drop by one psi or more. Read the rest »
Winter in Washington brings rain, sleet, snow, and ice – all factors that can make driving more dangerous. Whether you’re heading out for holiday shopping, going to a party, or just making your everyday commute, you can take steps to make winter driving safer for you and your passengers. Here are four tips for safer winter driving in Washington, courtesy of the Washington State Patrol:
- Check your car. Make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough tread in roder to handle dangerous winter roads. Check antifreeze and washer fluid levels frequently. Examine hoses and belts for wear and replace them if needed.
- Pack an emergency kit. First aid supplies, a shovel, a flashlight, a snow scraper, and extra warm clothing and blankets can all be helpful or even life-saving in case of an accident. Consider packing these items into an emergency kit kept in your vehicle for winter driving. Read the rest »
The changes will affect a stretch of 108th Street near 83rd Avenue SE, where the families of the injured passengers and other concerned community members have pointed out that a steep hill, lack of sight distance, and absence of proper warning signs combine to create a dangerous stretch of road in which drivers cannot see what’s ahead and are often not prepared for emergency situations until it is too late to avoid a crash. Read the rest »