Beware of the danger of road traffic accidents in winter weather conditions

Icy and freezing conditions greatly increase the risk of road accidents and year in, year out we see a spike in accidents.

Every year, we hear from prospective clients who have been involved in collisions or multiple vehicle pile-ups where braking distances have not been adhered to and drivers have lost control of their vehicles.

We currently represent a number of clients who have been involved in similar incidents as a result of winter weather conditions.

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Top safety tips for driving in winter conditions

When driving in snow and ice it is important to take extra care. Here are some important safety tips:

  • Plan ahead before setting off on your journey
  • Check weather warnings ahead of your journey
  • Check your tyres before setting off
  • Ensure that you are able to see clearly, so remove all snow and ice from all your windows
  • Check that your lights are clean and working
  • In case of an accident or breakdown, keep your phone fully charged
  • Wear comfortable and dry shoes to prevent slipping on pedals
  • Be aware of your braking distances and the extra distance needed in rain, snow and ice
  • Avoid using local shortcuts as roads are less likely to be gritted

What to do if you are involved in a road traffic accident

  • Stop your vehicle in a safe location away from oncoming traffic
  • Take a note of the third party driver's insurance details as well as their personal details
  • Ensure that you get a note of the third party vehicle's registration number
  • If you have a camera or camera phone take photographs of the scene, ensuring that the registration of vehicles are visible
  • Ascertain whether there are any witnesses to the accident and take a note of their details, whether the third party admits liability or not
  • Contact your insurer and report that you have been in an accident

Get in touch 

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident this winter get in touch with our specialist road traffic claims team by using the following contact methods: