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Winter driving season comes early across Wisconsin

Just when you thought that you wouldn’t have to deal with treacherous winter driving conditions until after Thanksgiving, Mother Nature throws a curveball. Thanks to unseasonably cool arctic air and moisture coming from the west, a snowstorm blanketed Wisconsin. In fact, North Central Wisconsin saw nearly two feet of snow.

Other regions saw far less snow, but the cooler than average temperatures bring the possibility for black ice. This is the thin layer of moisture that can freeze into a virtually invisible sheet of ice on streets throughout Wisconsin. Indeed, the danger of auto accidents is high when driving conditions deteriorate, but the chances of single car accidents increase because of the specter of spinning out of control (and into a ditch) after hitting a patch of black ice at a high rate of speed. 

Because of this, drivers must be vigilant when driving in wintry conditions. Probably the easiest thing to do is to reduce one’s speed. If you are not going too fast for the conditions, the less likely that your car will slide out of control.

Aside from avoiding a ditch, drivers can avoid liability by slowing down in inclement weather. Drivers essentially have a legal duty to use reasonable care when driving, and a large part of this duty involves driving at speeds that are safe for the current driving conditions. A driver who “speeds” by driving faster than what is reasonably safe for the conditions, This can be viewed as a failure to use reasonable care. If the offending driver causes an accident, it is likely that he or she could be held liable. 

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