This winter, Redmond motorists will see snowplows on the roads as they operate to clear snow and ice from across the city. Some motorists underestimate the risks of sharing the road with a snowplow. That is partly because of the vehicle's slow speed. Typically, plows will run at approximately 35 mph. However, even at that speed, a snowplow can pose accident risks that every motorist in Redmond must know this winter season.
Safely Driving Around a Snowplow
Always maintain a safe distance between your car and the snowplow in front of you. Driving in icy and snowy conditions requires more room to brake. If you're following any vehicle too closely, you could rear-end the vehicle in front if you are unable to brake in time.
While driving behind a relatively slow-moving vehicle can get frustrating, don't attempt to pass the snowplow as it is in operation. The plow can extend beyond the sides of the vehicle. Passing a snowplow, another driver might strike the blade. Further, the snowplow is there to disperse snow from the street, so trying to pass could be dangerous in the wintry conditions. After all, the snowplow is meant to remove snow and ice from the road to make the road safer.
Also, avoid driving right beside a snowplow, as it can push snow onto your car. Snowplows may also drive in the center of the road. If you are traveling in the direction of a snowplow, shift direction to ensure that there is enough space on the road for you to pass by the snowplow safely.
Were you in an accident with a snowplow? Review Your Legal Options
Check out our blog for more cold weather driving tips, including riding a motorcycle in cold weather. If you were involved in a car accident that involved a snowplow, you may be able to claim compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and disability. This depends on fault for the accident, the type of coverage on your policy, and more.
Discuss how you can begin the process of filing a claim with a car accident lawyer. Call 425-399-7000 or use the form on our contact page to set up a consultation with a lawyer at Max Meyers Law. We'll help you review the case, determine liability, and pursue damages to which you are entitled.