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What Weather Condition Contributed to an Accident?

Winter has arrived in Wisconsin. With the arrival of winter, also comes the arrival of winter weather such as snow, ice, freezing rain and sleet. These conditions contribute to making the roadways more hazardous for commutes and travel. When winter weather hits, drivers need to take extra caution when driving and ensure that they are practicing safe driving to help keep themselves and others on the roadways safe. A recent accident in Milwaukee County demonstrates how winter weather conditions can make the roadways more hazardous.

On Saturday, January 11, a semi truck was involved in an accident on northbound I-43 near Good Hope Road. The accident occurred around 8:00 am. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of the accident and helped to divert traffic while the accident was being attended to. Additionally, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office performed an investigation to determine what contributed to the accident. After performing the investigation, the office determined that the accident was caused by the extremely icy road conditions that were present at the time.

This accident demonstrates the increased risk of accident when winter weather occurs. Because winter weather conditions make the roadways more hazardous for drivers, drivers should take extra precautions to help keep themselves and others safe. The following are some tips for safe driving in icy conditions:

  • Drive slowly. The ice can increase the distance it takes for your vehicle to come to a stop.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Icy conditions can reduce the traction that your vehicle’s tires have with the road’s surface.
  • Increase your following distance behind other vehicles. Icy conditions can increase the time it takes to come to a stop, so it is important to have enough room between vehicles to stop.
  • Pay attention to the roadway. Make sure that your full attention is on the roadway and that you are not engaging in distracted driving.

By following these winter weather driving tips, you can help keep the roadways safer for everyone.


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