Snowplows play an important role in keeping the roads cleared for traffic despite winter weather rolling through. These vehicles are four times heavier than normal passenger vehicles. Some of them have plows that can extend 10 to 12 feet from the side of the vehicle.
Drivers of the snowplows and other vehicles have to ensure they’re driving safely. Following some simple safety tips might help you to get to your destination without any issues.
Leave room around the plow
You might be tempted to try to pass the snowplow or drive close to it. Both of those actions can be dangerous. You never know when the snowplow is going to have to swerve to avoid hitting something, such as a parked car. Give the snowplow space to do its job.
If you’re ever tempted to pass the snowplow, which will usually travel at 35 miles per hour or slower, remember that the roads in front of the plow haven’t been cleared. This puts you at risk of losing control on the roadway that’s covered in ice or snow.
Being struck by a snowplow can lead to serious injuries. Getting prompt medical care is critical in these cases. You may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the crash. There are time limits that apply to these cases so be sure that you get your case filed quickly. Working with someone familiar with the law can help you to get the compensation you deserve for the financial damages the wreck has caused and any other losses you may have suffered.