More than a foot of snow was dumped on Boulder between Wednesday and Thursday, prompting the closing of city schools and government offices as drivers were advised to stay home. This is fairly standard along Colorado’s Front Range communities following big storms. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to stay home and, while street department crews work tirelessly to make roads passable, everyone in a vehicle is at increased risk for serious or even fatal injury.
Car accidents in Boulder increase when storms roll in. While not exclusive to our city, our location makes us prime for several significant snowfalls each year – making it absolutely vital that you know how to drive properly in snowy conditions. Some of the most basic steps include:
- Drive slowly
- Allow for at least five car-lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Keep your headlights on
- Try to avoid braking and brake slowly when needed
Remember, it takes much more time to stop on wet, slippery, and snowy roads. Caution, courtesy, and attention are all essential for safe winter driving. Avoid alcohol and other intoxicants if you are going to drive and make sure you leave your cellphone out of sight to avoid distraction as well. Taking these steps will help prevent your causing an accident, injuring yourself or others.
Safe drivers are not invulnerable to the dangers posed by inexperienced, aggressive, or careless winter drivers. If you are injured or a loved one is killed by someone driving recklessly in the snow, please call 303-993-8685 or contact Jeffress Law online to schedule a free consultation with our Boulder personal injury lawyer and learn how we can help you get maximum compensation.