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Safety Tips for Driving During the Holiday Season

Every winter, people travel in their vehicles to visit with family and friends. Unfortunately, winter weather makes roadways more treacherous, even when driving short distances. Following holiday driving safety tips will help you and your loved ones remain safe when it’s time to hit the road in Denver, CO.

You may not think holiday driving safety tips are necessary, but they are. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5,000 people die due to weather-related car crashes, with another 418,000 people sustaining injuries. In 2017, Colorado had 648 auto collision fatalities due to winter weather, making it the 26th state for the most traffic deaths.

One of the reasons why driving in winter weather is more challenging than a summer day is road conditions. Rain, snow, and sleet prevent tires from having the optimal amount of traction on the ground.

Without traction, hydroplaning can occur, meaning a layer of water will separate the asphalt from the tires. A hydroplaning car will have uncontrollable skidding, significantly increasing the risk of a collision. Other causes of car accidents in adverse weather include:

  • Using cruise control
  • Braking improperly
  • Failing to yield to other drivers or pedestrians
  • Exceeding the speed limit
  • Merging too quickly or without using turn signals

Denver is notorious for its winter weather. Even snowplows pose a danger because the drivers cannot always see other cars on the road, especially during snowy weather. Plows can strike with little to no warning due to low visibility.

Despite the heightened risks of driving in inclement weather, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances of getting into an auto collision while traveling in winter weather. You can stay safe on the road by taking heed to these holiday driving safety tips:

  1. Brake Accordingly: Slick tires can easily slide on the road, even if they’re new. When the weather is wet, give yourself more space from the cars ahead of you so that you’ll have enough time to stop without rear-ending someone.
  2. Avoid Cruise Control: Using cruise control under rainy or snowy conditions makes your vehicle hydroplane easier. Stay in control of your vehicle and leave cruise control for a sunny day.
  3. Use Headlights: Put your headlights on when it rains, snows, or sleets to help other drivers see your location.
  4. Be Prepared: If you intend to travel long distances for the holidays, book an inspection with your mechanic to ensure that your vehicle is in the best position possible to make the trip.

Being involved in a car collision often leads to property damage and physical injuries. However, financial and emotional injuries may occur as well. Dealing with an accident can lead to high medical bills, emotional and mental distress, a damaged car, and lost wages.

Even when you abide by these holiday driving safety tips, unfortunate situations can still occur while on the road. If winter weather leads you to an auto collision that causes injury, don’t hesitate to contact the attorneys at Bell & Pollock, P.C. Our personal injury lawyers will advocate for your rights and pursue compensation on your behalf, so call (720) 580-4119 today for a consultation.

Now a Word from Gary Bell

By Gary Bell of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

It’s that time of year that brings holiday cheer, cold weather, and of course, snow and ice. As many of us prepare to hit the road, now is a good time to remember some tips for staying safe while driving on the ice and snow.

1. If Possible, Stay Home: Is it necessary that you leave right now? The safest place you can be on a snowy day is at home with a warm cup of tea or hot coco. Try to avoid driving during the worst of the storm before snow plows have had a chance to clear the roads.

2. Prepare for the Journey: If you must go out, make sure you remove any snow or ice from your vehicle first. It’s not good enough to just scrape off a space on the front windshield big enough for you to look out. It blocks your peripherals and the snow blowing from your vehicle creates a hazard to other drivers. Don’t be that person – failing to remove the snow from your vehicle is dangerous, inconsiderate, and illegal.

3. Leave Early and Leave Space: Everything on the road takes longer when there’s ice. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends you maintain an eight to ten second following-distance from other vehicles in icy conditions, as opposed to the three to four seconds recommended in dry conditions. It takes longer to brake, stop and turn on ice so give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going safely.

4. Remember Newton’s First Law: Vehicles in motion tend to stay in motion. When traveling on icy roads, accelerate slowly to gain traction and try to avoid stopping whenever possible. This is especially true when going up a hill. Stopping on a hill will get you stuck and flooring the gas pedal will only spin your wheels and get you stuck even deeper.

5. Protect Yourself: If you’ve been injured by the carelessness of another driver through no fault of your own, don’t call their insurance company, contact one of our experienced lawyers at the Law Firm of Bell & Pollock to establish your Legal Game Legal Game Plan.™

If you have questions about these issues, simply contact the skilled motor vehicle accident lawyers at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation to find out more about how we can help you. We are here to help you get justice, and we know how to devise the right Legal Game Plans™ to get victims full, fair compensation so they can recover and move on with their lives.™

To Learn Even More . . .

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If you have any questions about the topics discussed in today’s newsletter, or questions on other legal issues, give our office a call and one of our attorneys would be happy to talk with you.

More Information

Get more information about your rights and options following an accident by checking out one of our helpful BOOKS: THEY ARE FREE.

  • Don’t Get Hurt Twice in the Same Accident – This enlightening guide dispels some of the most common (and harmful) myths about car crashes, insurance companies, attorneys, and financial recoveries.
  • The Essential Guide to Car Insurance in Colorado – This guide helps all drivers better understand car insurance. If you’ve ever had a question about a claim, dispute or car insurance in general, this is a must-read.
  • Cowards of the Street: Hit & Run – This book uncovers the facts about hit and runs and how to financially recover from these crashes. It also shares about what you can do to protect yourself before and after a hit and run accident occurs.
  • Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide – This insightful book reveals everything you need to know in order to protect your rights as a worker – and to position a Colorado workers’ compensation claim for success.
  • Legal Game Plan – This educational book helps you better understand insurance company’s hidden game plan…and come up with one on your own!
  • Motorcycle Accidents (or How to Go Full Throttle Against the Insurance Companies) – This informative read will help motorcyclists come up with a plan of action to combat the insurance agencies. If you ride a motorcycle, you need this book.
  • 18 Mistakes You Could Make to Destroy Your Injury Claim – Found within is a precise guide regarding a trove of detailed mistakes one should avoid when pursuing a successful resolution to ones case. This work helps answer questions and details advice to protect oneself from common pitfalls and perils associated with a compensation claim.
  • Distracted Driving and Your Injury Claim  This comprehensive work assists all drivers in understanding the dangers of distracted driving and its relationship to your injury claim.
  • Premises Liability (Landowner Responsibility and Injury Recovery) – This definitive piece renders the details behind the history of the Premises Liability Law in Colorado and highlights examples of responsibility which further offers a practical guide for injured victims.

Call our office to request copies of our books. THEY ARE FREE. You can also request a copy of any (or all) of these books on our website. You can download a free electronic copy anytime. And be sure to tune in to our weekly radio show to learn more about a variety of legal topics.

At Bell & Pollock “We Educate & Advocate”

The better educated you are, the better off you’ll be.

Remember, Bell & Pollock airs specialty “injury shows” for injured victims on the following stations, at the following times and days:

  • KBCR 96.9 FM at 8:00 am on Sundays
  • The Boat 1230 AM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • KEZZ 94.1 FM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • ESPN 98.9 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 105.5 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRAI 93.7 FM at 7:00 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 120 AM 105 AM at 8:30 am on Sunday
  • Saturday Specialty Injury Show – The “Champions of the People” Injury show. Denver 60-minute Injury Show: KOA 850 AM at 10 AM, KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs at 11:00 AM, KRAI 55 AM in Craig at 8 AM and KBCR 96.9 FM in Steamboat Springs at 8:00 AM.

Bell & Pollock also has a live call-in show on Saturday morning on 630 AM KHOW and on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs and on KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs, and on KRAI 55.0 AM in Craig, Colorado. The show starts at 7:00 AM every Saturday morning.

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For the ninth consecutive year in a row, Bell & Pollock, P.C. has received an award from the Colorado Supreme Court with regard to its pro-bono representation of people in the community. This means that Bell & Pollock, P.C. has dedicated and devoted substantial time each year to helping people with legal work on a pro-bono basis.

Bell & Pollock, P.C. is very pleased with this award and has dedicated a large effort to helping people in the community. Remember that Gary Bell and Brad Pollock do a live call-in radio show at 7:00 am on 630 KHOW AM dial in Denver and it also airs on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs, KRAI 55 AM in Craig and KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs.

It is a call-in show, and people can call in and ask any legal question on any legal subject. Gary Bell and Brad Pollock have been doing this for years and very much enjoy the interchange with the community and helping people who are seeking some form of legal help and answers to their questions.

The Bell Pollock Legal Show! You might want to tune in. Some of the questions and answers are eye opening!

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