With winter storm Juno breathing down our necks, we could all soon find
ourselves trapped inside Jack Frost’s paradise, buried in a white
blanket of heavy flurries and snow. However, winter conditions can quickly
turn deadly when slippery black ice is added to the mix.
Our experienced Kingston car accident attorneys know that during a winter blizzard it is more important than ever to take
extra safety precautions when driving on the roadways. Millions of car
accidents happen every year that are attributed in part to inclement weather
conditions. It is best to avoid getting behind the wheel all together
when there is potential for hurricane-like winds and blizzard warnings
from the National Weather Service.
Keep these statistics in mind before jumping in your car and starting your
engine. On average, there are more than 460 fatalities a year due to dangerous
winter weather; and there have been as many as fourteen New York road
fatalities in recent years as a result of icy roadways. In fact, more
than seventy percent of winter roadway deaths are attributed to icy roads.
However, it is not only harsh, dangerous weather conditions that you should
be wary of when operating a vehicle. Negligent motorists sharing the roadways
with you are a major factor for winter weather
automobile crashes. Their negligence coupled with bad weather conditions can result in a recipe
for winter disaster.
In Kingston and throughout the Hudson Valley regions of New York, all motorists
must use reasonable care when using and operating their motor vehicles.
To use reasonable care while driving translates to obeying all traffic
regulations, staying alert, and driving more cautiously when weather conditions
Make sure you are not suffering from sleep deprivation or under the influence
of drugs or alcohol that may impair your judgment. Motorists should prepare
for winter by also getting their cars serviced to ensure proper working
lights, windshield wipers, tires, brakes and defogging or deicing devices
that are installed inside the vehicle.
Failure to do so results in negligent behavior that increases the risk
of a car crash. Negligent behavior can give rise to liability, making
the negligent driver responsible for monetary compensation for the victim’s
damages. These may include medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain
If you are the victim of a car crash, it is not unusual to want to escape
the scene of the accident and run home to your spouse or family members
for support and comfort. However, focusing on the present moment and gathering
as much evidence as possible can save you significant amount of money
and stress later down the road.
Make sure you call the police immediately so that you may file a police
report and so that a proper investigation may be under way. Obtain the
contact information of the negligent driver along with his/her insurance
information. Talk to witnesses and write down their contact information.
You may need them in the future to testify on your behalf. Take pictures
of both cars and the surrounding area. Also photograph injuries to your
person if you sustained any. Take an account of the passengers in your
car and the other vehicle if applicable.
With mayors and governors across the Northeast declaring emergencies, it
is not advisable to be out on the roads in Kingston and through out the
Hudson Valley regions as storm conditions worsen. However, if you absolutely
must travel, it is of paramount importance to practice extra precaution
and exercise reasonable care when driving on the roadways in order to
avoid a car accident.