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Use Caution When Driving: Winter Storms Often Cause Collisions and Closures

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Anyone who has experienced winter in Colorado knows that snow is just a part of life. There’s no way around it. When the temperatures begin to drop, you’d better start bracing yourself for the snow. While snowfall is often beautiful, especially given our often high altitudes and awe-inspiring natural surroundings, it can pose a number of challenges for drivers and their vehicles.

From icy roads to low visibility and everything in between, snowstorms bring countless obstacles for drivers and first responders alike, not to mention air travel and even sidewalk safety. No matter which mode of transportation you choose this winter, we advise you to be as cautious as possible to get yourself safely to your destination.

In mid-November, the first snowstorm of the season hit and had a major impact on multiple forms of transportation. During and after the storm, the Colorado Department of Transportation urged everyone to lower speeds and drive with caution.

Multiple crashes caused parts of Interstate 70 in the foothills to be closed. Some crashes involved as many as 20 vehicles, and, over the course of the storm, at least two semi trucks jackknifed on the Interstate.

But the roadways weren’t the only areas impacted by the storm. According to the Denver International Airport, some United Airlines flights were delayed due to their de-icing contractor’s “equipment issues.” Some reports claimed that flights were delayed by four to five hours because of de-icing slow-downs. 

Suffice it to say, our entry into winter has not been easy. However, we can take this experience as an opportunity to learn. When winter storms are in the forecast, we recommend staying off the roads if at all possible. If you must travel by car, consider leaving a day early and make sure you have appropriate supplies, should you find yourself in the middle of a storm. 

If you’re traveling by plane, check in with your airline to see what they intend to do when the weather sets in. We understand how inconvenient travel hiccups can be. But, as Denver auto accident attorneys, we believe that your safety is top priority. We’d much rather you be safe than sorry.

In A Crash? Levine Law Can Help

However, even the most cautious and well-prepared drivers may find themselves in a collision at some point during the winter. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but not one that you should have to handle on your own.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, rest assured that we are here to help. Our team is experienced in a wide range of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, and uninsured motorist accidents. So do not hesitate to contact us regarding your case. We’ll listen to your story and help you get back on your feet.

December 16th, 2016 | Posted by Levine Law, on Accident Attorney

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