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Motor vehicle crashes and extreme cold

There are all sorts of weather-related hazards to watch out for while behind the wheel, such as strong winds which knock tree limbs onto the road and heavy rain that interferes with visibility. During the winter months, many parts of the country face especially dangerous conditions due to snow and ice. Moreover, this winter has brought extremely cold temperatures to many states, which can be dangerous for a variety of reasons. Often, it is smart to stay off of the road when temperatures are very cold and it is snowing heavily.

First of all, extreme cold can make the roads very icy. When temperatures are warmer, snow and ice on the roadway may melt, especially when roads are regularly plowed and maintained. However, sub-zero temperatures can lead to unavoidable ice formation and this can be deadly. Aside from the different ways in which extreme cold can affect road conditions, it can also be dangerous to be outside in these temperatures. Following an accident, or after becoming stranded because a car quits running, people may be at risk of hypothermia due to life-threatening cold.

It is extremely important to be aware of the different risks associated with intense cold. Unfortunately, some drivers disregard these concerns and drive too fast for the road conditions or get behind the wheel even though they are not capable of handling the conditions. If you have been hit by someone who was driving erratically during winter weather conditions, you may be able to restore some normalcy in your life by moving ahead with legal action.

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