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Friday night, a Little Falls women was taken to St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls after being in a single car accident. She had been a passenger in the car as it drove west on 230th Street, hit a patch of ice, and went into the ditch. Investigation is still being done, but speed and weather conditions seem to be the contributing causes.

This is exactly the type of accident, I recently blogged about with: Single Car Accidents: Is There A Claim? . Hopefully, she will recover quickly, but if not the help of experienced Personal Injury attorneys can make a difference in getting to the bottom of what coverages are involved.

For all Drivers winter road tips from DPS and MnDOT include:

  • Always use seat belts.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly on icy/snow-covered roads to retain traction and avoid skids.

  • Do not use cruise control.

  • Do not “power up” hills, which may cause wheels to spin. Build momentum before reaching a hill and don’t stop while traveling uphill. Reduce speed before going downhill.

  • Know your brakes. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of the foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

  • Give yourself plenty of travel time. Don’t put your schedule before safety.

  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.

  • Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.

Most police officers asked say the key is usually to Just Slow Down.

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