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All-wheel drive does not protect against all car accidents

Many residents of Delaware enjoy the benefits of sport utility vehicles, also known as SUVs. These popular vehicles often provide ample interior room, as well as other benefits, such as all-wheel drive, sometimes known as four-wheel drive or 4x4. In general, all-wheel drive provides better handling in ice and snow during the long winters that Delaware residents must endure. However, it is easy for drivers of these vehicles -- and all drivers -- to become overly confident with their vehicle, leading to unintentional car accidents.

One of the main drivers of winter driving is that it takes longer to break on a wet, icy or snowy surface than it does on a dry surface. Countless car collisions are caused by the simple fact that the rear vehicle's driver did not hit their brakes early enough to come to a stop before striking whatever was in front of them. Car accidents, like these, can still cause extensive property damage or costly injuries. A skilled personal injury attorney can provide guidance on how to navigate these common situations.

With all-wheel drive vehicles, it is often easier to get going if one is stuck in ice or snow. This is, of course, a huge advantage to drivers who commute in snowy areas. But, 4x4 vehicles are often heavier than cars and thus take more time to stop. Accordingly, having all-wheel drive does not necessarily mean that drivers will not collide with other cars. All drivers need to take the time to brake early if they want to avoid crashes on wet, icy or snowy roadways.

All vehicles can enjoy better traction, if their drivers are aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road, especially speed limit laws. In any event, those who are hit by speeding drivers can obtain legal help and strategy from a local car accident attorney. From compensation for serious injury to addressing pain and suffering, a licensed attorney can help.

Source: Ma.us, "Safe Winter Driving Tips," accessed on Dec. 19, 2016

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