Los Angeles DUI accidents are dangerous at any time. Unfortunately, many people think they are less dangerous in the winter because California doesn’t does not experience much snow and ice. The DUI attorneys at the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers know the exact opposite is true. Winter makes DUI significantly more dangerous for at least five reasons:
Winter often marks the first time California experiences rain in several months. If the roads have been dry for a long time, the slightest bit of precipitation makes them especially slick. Rain also loosens the greasy lubricants in people’s cars such as oil, causing oil slicks and dangerous skidding. Rain makes for poor visibility that is only compounded if someone is driving under the influence.
2. Changing Traffic Patterns
The holidays mean an increase in traffic, which leads to traffic jams and accidents. To avoid these, transportation officials and police may put up detours or otherwise reroute traffic. The changing traffic patterns can be disorienting, particularly for intoxicated drivers. Drivers also get frustrated when a traffic pattern takes them away from their usual route. Angry drivers are likely to cause more accidents, and alcohol only fuels frustration.
3. Time Changes
Winter signals the end of daylight savings time. Although large urban areas like Los Angeles still have plenty of city lights at night, the earlier darkness disorients many drivers. Some people who drive intoxicated may try to get home under cover of darkness, thinking they won’t be spotted as easily. Unfortunately, hidden obstacles can trip up both inebriated and sober drivers, leading to accidents.
4. Unequipped Cars
Drivers must always ensure their cars are equipped for winter weather. As discussed, even warm states like California are susceptible to rain and wintry mixes. Small, compact cars like Volkswagens or trucks without four-wheel drive are particularly vulnerable.
During the holidays, people tend to be distracted easily. Drivers are more likely to make calls while traveling or try to multitask while on the road. This leads to carelessness, accidents, and possible fatalities.
Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer, Michael Kraut, of the Kraut Criminal & DUI Lawyers is standing by to offer critical insight into your case and potential defense options. Call him and his team today to begin regaining control over your case and your life.