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Overconfidence, Winter Weather and Accidents

On Behalf of Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law Oct. 26, 2018

In many parts of the U.S., the winter months bring very poor weather conditions. Heavy snowfall, dense fog and ice accumulation on the road can all increase the likelihood of an accident significantly. When two vehicles collide at high speeds after one driver lost control due to ice, the consequences can be devastating. The chances of a crash can be reduced by safe and attentive driving when weather conditions are poor. Unfortunately, some drivers show little regard for road safety due to their overconfidence.

An overconfident driver may go way too fast around a turn or while driving down the road even though there is a great deal of ice (or black ice, which can be hard to see). Someone may be overconfident because of their personality or because they do not have very much experience driving in winter weather conditions. For example, someone who has spent their whole life in a warm area that does not receive snow may behave very differently while driving on roads in a northern state that receives significant snowfall.

Overconfident drivers may not give themselves enough room to slow down when winter weather makes driving dangerous, causing them to slam into the vehicle in front of them. Or, they may hit a vehicle head-on after losing control around a turn or while driving down a hill. Regardless of the way in which an accident occurs due to someone’s overconfidence, any driver who fails to respect traffic safety guidelines should be held responsible for an accident they cause.