Northern Nevada Winter Storms: Bad Road Conditions and Injuries

From December through March, winter storms are expected in Northern Nevada. Most recently, the entire nation has experienced severe winter weather—and Northern Nevada is no exception to this. Last New Year’s Eve, a severe winter storm hit Northern Nevada, and the conditions remained through the entirety of January. The National Weather Service issued an advisory in response to the temperatures dropping to the mid-20s and going as low as the teens.

Severe winter weather not only causes dangerous road conditions, but power outages are often reported. In the recent New Year’s Eve storm, approximately 35,000 Nevada residents were impacted across several counties, including Washoe, Carson, Storey, and Lyon. The most heavily impacted was Washoe County, with 17,500 residents experiencing power outages. As a result, facilities were opened for residents without heat or shelter during the severe weather and remained opened for the duration of the storm.

Bad Nevada Road Conditions

Roads that were full of snow and ice caused numerous crashes, hydroplaning, and spin-outs on Nevada roadways. Authorities cautioned Nevada drivers about black ice. Driving on ice and snow can be much more difficult when compared to dry roads. Below are some tips to keep in mind when driving on roads that are covered with snow or ice:

  • Keep a safe distance from other cars. In severe weather, be sure to increase your distance between and next to other cars. Ensure to drive in a steady manner because visibility is often reduced in winter conditions, and there is a higher likelihood of spinning or skidding if the brakes are hit too fast.
  • Steer into the skid if you start to slide. If you lose control of your car, try to stay calm and do not suddenly hit the brakes. This can be a very scary situation as most drivers have not had this experience. Instead, alternate your foot from the brake and gas and turn your steering wheel in the direction that the back of your car is moving toward. As the car begins to straighten out, steer toward the direction that you want the vehicle to go.
  • Remain aware of traffic around you. It is critical to be aware of other cars around you. Check blind spots and behind you regularly through your mirrors. Doing so will help you appropriately adjust your speed and realize if other vehicles around you are skidding due to poor road conditions.
  • Do not accelerate. It is critical and recommended to drive slowly when there is ice and snow on the roads. In fact, it is best to drive at half of your normal speed. If you have a manual vehicle, driving in first or second gear can help you have more control on the roadway because it increases traction.

Nevada Car Accident Lawyers

Winter weather can make the roads more dangerous, particularly if they are covered in ice and snow. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a Las Vegas car accident, contact H&P Law. Our personal injury attorneys know the law and will fight for the highest monetary compensation. Do not delay, contact us today for your initial no-obligation case evaluation. 

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