travel safety tips, Chicago car accident lawyersThroughout parts of Illinois, winter weather has already left more than a foot of snow. Other areas of the country are covered in ice and snow, and more winter weather is expected in the months to come. All that snow and ice places drivers are at a higher risk for automobile accidents, deaths, and injuries. Stay safe on the roads, and in your car, with the “three P’s of safe winter driving” from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Prepare, Protect, and Prevent.

Prepare for Trips

Careful planning and preparation can make all the difference when it comes to staying safe on the roads. The following are areas of extreme importance, and should be practiced by all drivers this winter:

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Protection rules should apply all year long, but they become crucial during winter months, when accidents are more likely and roads are more dangerous. Examples include:

Prevent Crashes

To prevent crashes during winter weather, drivers should be mindful of both typical driving safety rules as well as rules specific to poor driving conditions. Practice the following:

Injured in an Accident? You May be Entitled to Compensation

Even when you practice safe driving, accidents are still a risk. If you are involved in an accident and injured because of the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to note, however, that automobile accidents are often complex in nature. Do not attempt to handle the process alone.

The Illinois automobile accident attorneys at Hurley, McKenna & Mertz, P.C. have more than 75 years of combined experience. Passionate about helping victims and dedicated to protecting their rights, we know what it takes to build a solid case for accident victims. Schedule your free initial consultation and ask how we can help with your case. Call us at 312-553-4900 today.