A number of motor vehicle accidents in the area this week make a person wonder about whether some drivers are paying attention.
It is winter, of course, and some roads and parking lots are slippery and there is blowing snow. But not all those factors contribute to these accidents.
There are many accidents where the blame can be placed squarely on the driver for things such as not paying attention to where he or she is backing up, not clearing windows of snow or ice or simply driving too fast for winter conditions.
While some of the accidents at the first of the winter can be attributed to not adjusting to road conditions, by this time of the year drivers should be well aware they have to slow down when there are blustery or icy conditions.
Unfortunately, there are many accidents reported even in the summer when there are bare roads, but the instances rise even higher at this time of the year.
These accidents don’t all involve more than one vehicle as there are drivers often going off the road and into the ditch. Some of these are purely accidents because drivers lose control in slippery or snowy conditions, but others are because drivers are just travelling too fast for the conditions.
All of this results in many accident claims, which often drives up the cost of insurance for everyone.
Then there are the hit-and-run accidents in parking lots, where a driver smacks into another vehicle and takes off, not even leaving a note to notify the person whose vehicle has been struck identifying who caused the damage.
The sad part is that it happens every day and, for the best part, the driver that causes the damage is never caught.
In saying that, there are still some honest people out there who will either leave a note or make the effort to find out who owns the vehicle struck.
Kudos go to the drivers who fess up to causing an accident.
This long and tormenting winter is bad enough without discovering your car in a parking lot has been damaged without any recognition by the person responsible.
What it amounts to is that most accidents are preventable and drivers should take just a little more care before and after getting behind the wheel.
It will make winter better all around.