Icy roads, thick snow, and limited snow plow activity leads to numerous accidents during Toronto winters.
For those that must drive in the snow, winter tires are much more ideal compared to all-season tires and all-weather tires. While they do cost money upfront, having a set of winter tires in the garage could save you time, money, and hassle in the long run.
Reasons that Winter Tires are Recommended by Personal Injury Lawyers:
1. Winter Tire Rubber is Designed Exclusively for Winter Conditions
Winter tires are made from a flexible rubber compound. This compound is designed specifically for snow, ice, slush, and cold temperatures. Winter tires offer increased traction control and high acceleration in tough conditions, while all-season tires cannot guarantee the same results. There are no compromises for other seasons, and these tires should be changed to all-season tires when winter is over.
2. Better All-Wheel Drive Performance
If your vehicle has all-wheel drive capabilities, you want to maximize the performance of that AWD system. Your AWD’s system responds to low-traction situations to keep you safe and ensure maximum vehicle control. With snow tires, you maximize the performance of your AWD. Because you most likely paid to upgrade to AWD, why would you limit the performance using standard tires during winter months?
3. Designed for Cold Temperatures
All-season and even all-weather tires get hard during the colder temperatures; something Toronto is notorious for during the winter months. Toronto car accident lawyers can tell you that when temperatures drop and tires harden, vehicle control becomes a serious issue. Tires that are soft and malleable will have the best control of icy or slick roads, exactly what winter tires are made for.
4. Stopping Power
Personal injury lawyers in the area are busiest during the winter months because of accidents. These accidents often occur because a driver could not stop his/her vehicle in time. Winter tires are excellent for emergency stops and cornering.
The Liability of Poor Tires
You will pay for a set of winter tires, but those tires will only be used during the winter months. So, they will last longer than tires you use three-quarters of the year. Basically, a set of winter tires could theoretically last the lifetime of your car depending on how much mileage you put on them.
What is most important, however, is the liability that comes with using inadequate tires. If you cause an accident on icy roads, regardless of the conditions, you could be held “at fault” for causing the incident. After all, drivers are required to use caution and give extra stopping space when operating a vehicle in poor conditions.
Injured in a Winter Accident? Contact Toronto Car Accident Lawyers
After a winter car accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Explore your options by contacting Levitt Di Lella Duggan & Chaplick LLP.