30 Cars Involved in Icy Road Car Crashes on Floating Bridge
As reported by King5.com, 30 cars were involved in icy road car crashes in the westbound lanes of the SR 520 floating bridge on Monday night, January 13, 2020. There were multiple crashes involving the 30 motor vehicles. As a result of the car accidents, westbound lanes were closed around 6 p.m. and didn’t reopen until 10 p.m. Calls were made to Washington State Department of Transportation to de-ice the roadway. Washington State Patrol troopers and the Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene. A trooper tweeted that there were no major injuries.
If you were injured in an icy road crash because of the negligence of another driver, seek the help of a local car accident lawyer who can discuss your legal rights. The accident attorney may be able to help you seek a fair settlement.
How to avoid icy road car crashes
These icy road driving tips can help to protect you from a car crash in winter road conditions:
- Invest in snow tires. If you live in a region that gets several snow falls each year or one where the snow never seems to clear up for months at a time, snow tires are worth the investment. Snow tires provide a certain standard of traction in the snow with at least 6/32-inch deep tread. Most standard car tires only have a tread of 10/32-inches. High performance summer tires and even all-season tires don’t always have adequate traction for winter conditions. Look for the “snowflake on the mountain” symbol on the sidewall; that shows that they meet the tire-industry standard for snow traction.
- Clean windows are a must. Ensure your wiper blades are in good condition, the inside of your windows isn’t wet with condensation and that your coolant is clean and topped up. An annual coolant cleaning is advised.
- Run the air-conditioner. A great way to get rid of unwanted condensation and frost from the interior of windows is to turn on your air-conditioner and select the fresh air option. You can set the temperature to hot; many cars will do this automatically when you’ve selected the defrost setting.
- Check that your lights are shining bright. Always make sure that your head and taillights are clear of snow and that that they are working properly. Use your headlights in dark or snowy driving conditions.
- Use your brakes wisely. To properly use anti-lock brakes: stomp, stay and steer. Stomp on the pedal firmly, stay hard on the pedal and steer slightly around the obstacle. This engages the anti-lock system and you will feel pulses in the pedal. On an icy road, ease up slightly on the pedal until the pulsing slows to only once per second. If you do not have anti-lock brakes, push the brake pedal hard until the wheel stops rolling, then immediately release the brake enough to allow the wheel to turn again. Repeat as needed in quick succession. Note that this is not the same as “pumping the brake.” Your goal is to have the tires produce maximum grip regardless of whether the surface is snow, ice or damp pavement.
- Watch for “black ice.” Black ice or glare ice is deceptive and extremely dangerous because it is hard to see. If you suspect there is ice on the ground; drive carefully!
- Don’t over-steer. If you lose control of your vehicle on an icy patch, stop steering. Once you pass the ice and your tires re-gain traction, the car will go in whatever direction you’ve turned the wheel.
- Avoid rear-tire slides. If you can, buy a car with electronic stability control (ESC). Federal regulations made ESC mandatory on all 2012 models. If you do not have this option, then at least make sure that your rear tires have as much tread/traction as your front tires. If you buy winter tires it is imperative that you buy four matching tires.
Seek the help of a car accident attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident because of the negligence of another, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times larger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!