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Drivers have a duty to slow down in wintry weather

West Virginians are no strangers to winter weather this time of year. Recent storms have already given the state its fair share of ice and snow, and, since it is only January, there is always the chance that more wintry precipitation is on the way.

While the residents of this state probably recognize just from experience that this sort of weather can lead to a spike in the number of car accidents, including those that end with a serious injury or fatality, many drivers is this state still do not take the extra precautions they need to take in such conditions, either because they are not exactly sure how to drive in wintry conditions or, for whatever reason, feel like they can handle their vehicles just fine.

It therefore is important to remind West Virginia residents that, while one hopes state and local authorities are able to keep the roads reasonably clear and can do so efficiently, they also have important legal obligations to their other motorists during winter driving.

For example, a driver must, despite what the posted speed limit says, slow down enough in order to account for the slippery roads, low visibility and other special challenges that driving in the winter presents.

The winter weather this year has already led to the death of at least one person, and has likely cause many more accidents, some quite serious. When a driver in West Virginia does not adjust his or her speed to account for winter driving conditions, he or she puts surrounding motorists at risk. If an accident ensues, it is only fair that such a driver pay compensation to his or her victims.

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