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Spring crashes: Watch out for slick roads

There is nothing worse than seeing a large truck that is having difficulty staying in its lane. With the looming threat of the truck ahead of you, you might try to speed up and go around it or back off and decide to wait and see what happens from a distance. In some unfortunate cases, drivers like you get caught up in the truck driver's inability to control their vehicle, which results in a crash and injuries.

There are dozens of reasons why crashes happen, but one that is often overlooked is the lack of friction on the roadway. Thanks to pollution, such as oil and dust, the roads can quickly become slick and dangerous for drivers.

There are a few reasons why spring creates slick roads that are dangerous for drivers. Slick roads are created when the dust and oil gather with water from rain or melting snow. The oil is particularly dangerous because it lowers the friction between the tires of a vehicle and the road's surface. This means that they're more likely to slide and be more difficult to stop.

While the slick surface of the road might not seem like a big deal in a smaller vehicle, it's a major problem for truckers. Their vehicles already take a long time to slow down and stop. They already have more difficulties when it comes to sliding. Other drivers must be aware of the risks and do their best to avoid driving too close to large vehicles that may have a harder time maneuvering in the slick conditions.

If you're struck, call 911 and wait for help to arrive. Slick conditions are dangerous, and it's best for you to stay put. If you are injured, consider seeking compensation from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company. An attorney can provide you with more information about your legal options.

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