It seems as though many drivers are out of the Toronto roads during the winter time. This is because, in this time of holiday festivities, many are traveling to shopping malls, traveling to visit family, or otherwise. This is despite the potentially dangerous driving conditions that come with this season (i.e., snow and ice). Read on to discover how to properly prepare for winter driving hazards and how a seasoned Toronto car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can offer support in the event of a crash.
In what ways can I prepare for winter driving hazards?
There are small initiatives that may make a big difference in your preparedness for winter driving hazards. For example, it is recommended that you equip your vehicles with items that may come in handy with common winter driving-related tasks. Such items may entail a snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper. And in case of an emergency stop, you may want to also carry jumper cables, flashlights, and flares or emergency markers; along with a blanket, cell phone charger, water, and food in the event of an extended stop.
Without further ado, other tips that you may want to consider before hitting the road are as follows:
- Make sure that your vehicle’s reservoir is full of fluid with de-icer.
- Make sure that your tires are filled to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure.
- Make sure to check your defrosters and windshield wipers for any necessary repairs or replacements.
- Make sure that you check your battery power, charging system, and belts for any neccessary repairs or replacements.
- Make sure that you check your headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers for any necessary repairs or replacements.
At what time should I file an auto accident claim?
It is sad to say that you may still be made a victim of an auto accident even if you practiced an abundance of care. This is because you cannot necessarily control the recklessness of other drivers you may share the road with. Rest assured, you may be able to recover damages by filing an auto accident claim.
Before the seasons change, it is wise to decide whether or not you wish to proceed forward with legal action. This is because Ontario has a statute of limitations for auto accident claims such as yours. This enforced deadline is set at two years from the date on which your accident occurred. Missing this deadline means indefinitely missing your opportunity to sue, recover damages, and hold the reckless driver accountable.
With the serious legal proceedings ahead, you should not go through this alone. Rather, you should have a competent Toronto auto accident lawyer from Merricks Law Group, P.A. stand by your side throughout. Contact our firm today.