Dangerous Driving: Snow Squall Crashes
When a snow squall strikes, it only takes one bad driver to start a chain-reaction crash. Snow squall crashes are some of the biggest multi-vehicle collisions we’ve seen. Learn more about snow squalls, related crashes, and when to call an attorney for help.
What Is A Snow Squall?
A snow squall is a brief but intense burst of heavy snowfall accompanied by strong gusty winds, which can significantly reduce visibility and create hazardous driving conditions. Snow squalls are often associated with a passing cold front. They typically last between 30 minutes to an hour or two, but can produce several inches of snow accumulation in that short amount of time.
Snow squalls can occur in any location with enough moisture and atmospheric instability. Squalls are more common in areas near the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada, where they are known as “lake-effect snow squalls.” These types of snow squalls occur when cold air moves over the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, causing moisture to rise and form clouds that produce heavy snowfall downwind of the lake.
How Do Snow Squalls Affect Driving?
Snow squalls can have a significant impact on driving conditions, making it more challenging and dangerous to navigate roads. Some of the ways snow squalls can affect driving include:
- Reduced visibility: Snow squalls can cause a sudden whiteout, which significantly reduces visibility on the road. Drivers may find it difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles in the road, which can increase the risk of collisions.
- Slippery road conditions: Snow squalls can quickly deposit a layer of snow on the road surface, making it slippery and challenging to maintain traction. This can make it difficult to brake, turn, or accelerate.
- Strong winds: Snow squalls are often accompanied by strong gusty winds, which can cause vehicles to swerve or even be blown off the road. Strong winds can also cause snow to drift onto the road, further reducing visibility and making driving conditions even more treacherous.
Caution During Snow Squalls
It is essential to take extra precautions while driving in snow squall conditions. Drivers should slow down, increase their following distance, and use their headlights to increase visibility. Additionally, it is crucial to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded.
If You Are Involved In A Snow Squall Crash
Winter weather crashes are common, but that doesn’t mean it’s no one’s fault. When drivers ignore poor road conditions, people can get hurt. If you were hurt by another driver, talk to an injury attorney for help.
Crashes are no accident. When a driver makes bad decisions, those choices put other people at risk. No one should have to pay for someone else’s negligence. If you have been hurt by a bad driver – in any situation – contact an injury attorney for help.
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