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Winter weather car accidents can often be prevented

The frigid weather in the Washington, D.C., area is just around the corner. When those first snowflakes start drifting down, drivers will have to be prepared for driving in the wintry precipitation. When drivers aren't prepared, this type of driving can cause accidents that might lead to injury or even death.

Drivers in this area should consider the benefits of winter tires. While all-season tires are suitable, many people might enjoy the 25 to 50 percent improvement in performance that the winter tires provide when traction on the road is questionable. Good traction can help to prevent winter motor vehicle accidents.

While all-season tires are suitable for most weather and can be used during the frigid months, they aren't made to function optimally when the temperature dips below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The Rubber Manufacturers Association has set a specific standard for winter traction that can help drivers to remain safe.

The special tread features on winter tires can help to provide improved traction. These tires often remain flexible in the cold temperatures. Some have soft stud fibers on the tread that function in a similar manner to studs, but these fibers don't damage roadways.

Even for drivers who aren't using winter tires, it is vital that all drivers check their tires often to ensure they are still suitable for use. Some tires have been recalled and the tire owners aren't aware because of a lack of registration requirements for tires. This means that drivers could be driving around on tires that are in danger of failing.

Winter car accidents can lead to serious injuries or death. Anyone who is injured in an accident has the right to explore his or her right to seek compensation. If compensation is awarded, it can help to cover medical bills and other expenses related to the accident.

Source: Discount Tire, "Tire Safety Below 45°," accessed Nov. 03, 2015

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