Take Weather Conditions Seriously

Take Weather Conditions Seriously

At Colorado Accident and Injury, we specialize in providing Phoenix, Arizona, and the surrounding area with a professional team of doctors and treatment specialists who provide a holistic, multi-disciplined approach to diagnosing, documenting, and treatment of car accident victims. We pride ourselves in providing the best chiropractic care in Colorado Springs along with industry-leading doctors and technicians in the following disciplines: Physical therapy, massage therapy, pain management, speech therapy, and neuropsychology, all ready to document the extent of injuries and support the fastest healing possible for you or your loved ones.

 

We believe in this multi-disciplinary approach so much that you will see for yourself how a multi-team approach allows us to provide the best pain doctors in Colorado Springs working alongside the best physical therapists simply because working side by side allows everyone in the team to provide complementary treatment without duplicity or confusion. If a chiropractor, pain management physician, and physical therapist are all working in the same clinic, our services complement each other in ways other clinicians cannot provide.

 

But we still like this best: Getting home safely. That’s even better.

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As winter marches on, however, drivers in Colorado are to be faced with a long list of weather-related challenges including snow, ice, sleet, rain, high winds, flooding, foggy conditions, glare, slush, and changing pavement temperatures.

 

We took a look recently at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration’s data on weather-related accidents and found, first and foremost, there are close to six million car crashes on American roads each year (specifically 5,891,000) with 21 percent of those attributed to weather conditions.

 

One of the largest contributing factors is the simple point that many people do not adjust their speed limits during adverse medical conditions. On the other hand, cars equipped with four-wheel drive believe they can maintain high speeds while the rest of us are cautiously driving five to 10 miles per hour under the speed limit.

 

Even if you escape notice from the police, insurance companies will certainly ask if your driving speed was properly adjusted to suit hazardous conditions. . Many people don’t know that the posted signs for speed limits are only applicable to ideal driving conditions — clear, dry, and of moderate temperature. If an accident occurs during rainy or snowy road conditions you might escape without a speeding ticket, but insurance companies deny coverage if they find out you were driving at the posted speed limit during adverse conditions. If there are no witnesses, police are sure to assign blame based on skidmarks, amount of damage done, and other factors that indicate illegal driving.

 

Furthermore, the police can make an after-the-fact assumption that you were driving over the speed limit without having their speed recorded. If an accident causes excessive damage, the police will often assume someone broke the speed limit based on their knowledge of how much damage was done.

 

Here are some of the useful data on accidents from the Department of Transportation:

High winds affect car performance and contribute to poor visibility as they could include sand or snow

Precipitation contributes to visibility distance, pavement friction, and lane obstruction.

Pavement temperature causes infrastructure damage, which includes potholes or uneven surfaces.

Water levels are a factor when local flooding occurs

 

The DOT warns motorists that the impact of a weather-related injury can be devastating. “On average, nearly 5,000 people are killed each year and over 418,000 people are injured in weather-related accidents.

 

At Colorado Accident and Injury, we take these warnings very seriously. Our car accident doctors in Colorado Springs understand the dangers of road conditions better than most. If it is raining, snowing, sleeting, hailing or if visibility is compromised for any reason, we urge you to slow down or pull over until the adverse conditions change or until a snowplow can clear the road.

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