It’s beginning to snow in Michigan, and that always means one thing: More car accidents. It feels like there are always a slew of car accidents at the beginning of the winter as if people have forgotten what it’s like to drive in ice and snow.
To some degree, that’s true. Drivers become complacent in the summer months, and they forget that they need to adjust the way that they drive in the winter. But there is also an issue with inexperienced drivers who may not ever have driven in the snow before.
Young drivers could pose an extra risk
First and foremost, when you look at car accident rates and fatalities, teens and other young drivers almost always come out at the top. The amount of fatal crashes that they cause is disproportionate to the size of their age group, and this usually comes from inexperience. In other words, they’re going to crash more even in the summer.
That risk level just ratchets up a notch in the winter. Driving in the snow is a very specific skill, and people only really develop that skill by doing it. Even people who have been driving in the snow for decades can make more mistakes when the weather turns. Someone who has only driven on dry roads in the summer and has a brand new license may have no idea how to adjust and drive safely.
As a result, these inexperienced drivers could cause serious injuries if they crash into your vehicle. Make sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.