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How to stay safe on the road after the clocks go back

On Nov. 1, individuals living in Kentucky and most other states turned their clocks back an hour. While the time change provided many people the opportunity to gain an extra hour of sleep, it also has the potential to make roads and highways more dangerous. However, there are many actions that you can take to minimize your chances of getting into an accident after the clocks go backward in the fall.

Be prepared to drive in less than favorable conditions

There is a good chance that you will be driving to and from work in the dark during the winter months. Therefore, it is important to drive defensively and to exercise caution when approaching crosswalks or intersections where pedestrians may be present. If roads are wet or covered with snow, give yourself more time to get to the office or to other destinations. Increasing your following distance can make it easier to take evasive action if necessary.

Get your car ready for winter travel

Ideally, you will have your car inspected prior to the start of the winter season. It is also a good idea to have the oil changed and the windshield wiper blades replaced before the cold and wet weather sets in. Prior to leaving for work or school, be sure to clear your vehicle’s headlights and taillights of snow, ice or other debris. Doing so can significantly increase your visibility and make it easier for pedestrians and other drivers to see your car coming. In addition, putting winter tires on your car can help to increase traction and reduce its stopping distance on an icy or otherwise slick road or highway.

If you are hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, it may be possible to obtain compensation to pay for medical bills or other damages. A personal injury attorney might use witness statements, a police report or other evidence to show that the driver who caused the crash was acting in a careless manner. Medical records may be used to prove that the collision was the proximate cause of your injuries.

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