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Kansas Highway Patrol troopers said slick conditions contributed to a deadly accident in Salina when a southbound vehicle lost control, crossed the median and collided with a tractor trailer. There were several slide-off crashes in the area, as well. Police said many motorists believed the roads were clear, when in reality they had become glazed over causing slick and icy traveling. Such hazardous conditions were seen throughout the Midwest over the weekend as rain, snow, heavy winds and freezing temperatures moved across much of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri.

When temperatures drop and the roads begin to freeze, even the most familiar route can become treacherous. Even a small amount of precipitation can produce slippery conditions within minutes. With the often unpredictable weather patterns and temperatures constantly shifting from above freezing to below freezing, it is important to make seasonal adjustments, whether you are a seasoned driver or new to snow and icy road conditions. A little preparation and planning can go a long way in preventing an accident.

  • Always make sure to remove all snow and ice from your car before leaving home, to ensure optimum visibility for both you and other drivers.
  • Remember that posted speed limits are meant for ideal conditions. Adjust your speed according to traffic, weather conditions, road conditions, and visibility.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding.
  • Accelerate slowly to avoid loss of traction and control. Turn slowly, with caution, to avoid sliding.
  • Always be alert to the possibility of “black ice” when temperatures are near or below freezing.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
  • Avoid distractions of any kind.
  • Make sure your vehicle is stocked with a “winter survival kit” – ice/snow scraper, blankets, warm clothing and gloves, spare tire, antifreeze, non-perishable food items, first aid kit.

Lawsuit Financial urges all drivers to be vigilant about safety, drive responsibly and don’t forget to buckle up. If you feel like you need to brush up on your winter driving skills, find an empty, snowy parking lot and practice.

Mark Bello is the CEO and General Counsel of Lawsuit Financial Corporation, a pro-justice lawsuit funding company.

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