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Law requires drivers to slow down in winter weather

Posted by Ken Doane | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not surprisingly, the weather has caused car accidents across the state. In a recent bout of winter weather, police in the middle of the state had to respond to almost 60 accidents, 6 of which the police described as injury accidents.

Additionally, the police also had to help the occupants of 15 vehicles that just left the road because of the slippery conditions.

Because there is still a chance for winter driving conditions for the next few weeks, it is important for Jeffersonville motorists to remember to slow down when the road conditions start to deteriorate because of snow, ice or sleet.

In fact, Indiana law requires that motorists do so. Most drivers in this state probably realize that they have to observe the posted speed limit, but this speed limit assumes that the weather and other traffic conditions are ideal for driving. When winter weather reduces visibility or makes the roads slick, then drivers must legally slow down enough to operate their vehicles safely.

When a motorist travels too fast for the conditions, even if he or she is observing the posted speed limit, then he or she can be held accountable for any injuries he or she causes because of an accident. Victims can seek compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages, as well as for non-economic losses like pain and suffering.

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Ken Doane

Ken is an experienced personal injury attorney and practices in southern Indiana and the metro Louisville area. Ken and his team handle every aspect of his clients' cases from pre-suit settlement negotiations through jury trial and appeal, if necessary. He has practiced for over 22 years and has ...

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