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Inclement weather increases risk of motor vehicle accidents

With prevalent concerns such as drunk and distracted driving, many individuals in West Virginia and elsewhere may feel there is trouble all around while out on the road. However, these may not be the only hazards a driver will have to face, especially during winter months. Inclement weather can have a significant impact on a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle, and many have suffered serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents due to another party's failure to adjust his or her driving behavior accordingly.

According to reports, law enforcement agents in West Virginia have started patrolling surrounding areas to look for weather-related collisions. Officers assert the key to driving under similar conditions is being prepared and avoiding panic. They also claim that they see drivers out on the road on a daily basis operating snow-covered vehicles, which severely limits visibility.

Many drivers may seek to protect themselves by adjusting behaviors to account for slick or snowy conditions and allowing plenty of space between them and other vehicles. However, they cannot force others to do the same. Should another driver be in a rush, he or she could be completely unprepared to handle certain weather-related driving scenarios, and may place everyone nearby at risk in the process.

Individuals who suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another party may be entitled to restitution, but they might need assistance in the process. Those who experience a similar situation could consult a personal injury attorney for advice on how best to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances surrounding the incident and assist a client in West Virginia in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled.

Source: wsaz.com, "Officers patrol for weather-related car accidents", Kaitlynn Lebeau, Jan. 16, 2018

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