Even though the winter season has not officially arrived in Kingston, New
York, area residents have undoubtedly experienced plenty of winter weather.
This includes snow, sleet, freezing rain, and black ice. We hearty Northeasterners
are experienced winter weather drivers, or at least most of us are.
experienced Kingston car accident attorneys nonetheless feel that everyone can benefit from higher knowledge about
winter accident statistics as well as safety tips and advice for driving
in winter weather.
motor vehicle accidents occur yearly that are in part attributed to poor weather conditions. Unfortunately,
many of these accidents are not solely caused by the weather. This means
that other factors helped cause the accidents. Namely, negligence is the
primary factor for a number of winter weather car crashes.
All motorists in Kingston and throughout the Hudson Valley regions of New
York must use reasonable care when driving, as would any other prudent
driver, so that other roadway users are not negligently harmed. This means
that motorists must obey all traffic regulations, see what there is to
be seen, and adjust driving habits when weather turns bad. Therefore,
winter weather motorists must slow down during poor weather and limited
visibility and motor vehicles should be kept in good repair so that lights,
windshield wipers, and defogging or deicing mechanisms are working properly.
Quite frankly, motorists who fail at this can be held liable for anyone
injured by their negligence. Civil courts can and will award the injured
victim monetary compensation for their damages.
Tips and Advice for Driving in Inclement Winter Weather
It is always necessary to be completely rested and alert when operating
a motor vehicle to prevent motor vehicle accidents. This is especially
so when driving on snowy, icy roadways. Therefore, our first advice imparts
upon you the duty to be properly rested and alert when driving. You should
have proper sleep and you should not be under the influence of any foreign
substance that can cause drowsiness.
Have your car serviced for winter weather. This includes having tires properly
inflated for winter weather as well as having properly functioning windshield
wipers. Make sure that the windshield cleaner in your vehicle can remain
unfrozen and adequately deice the front and rear windshields. Even have
the oil in your car replaced with oil more suitable for cold weather conditions.
Winter Weather Accident Statistics
News outlets have reported an average of over 460 annual fatalities in
recent years that are attributable to inclement winter weather. In fact,
recent years have seen as many as fourteen road fatalities in New York
due to icy roadways. New York roadways are nothing less than fatal during
every winter season.
Ice can be the most deadly winter roadway hazard. Actually, upwards of
seventy percent of winter roadway deaths can be in part caused by icy roads.
But remember what was stated above, winter car accidents in Kingston, New
York are caused by weather conditions combined with the negligence of
a motorist. It is this combination of factors that leads to death, permanent
injury, temporary injury, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Aftermath of a Snow and Ice Motor Vehicle Accident
During and after a winter weather car accident, many accident victims can
think of nothing but their family and friends. These victims want to get
home and hold their loved ones. But accident victims must stay composed,
alert, observant, and present at the scene until the facts that which
caused the accident are fully ascertained by the police.
Therefore, call the police right away. Take an account of your passengers
and the people in the other vehicles involved in the accident. Get the
names and insurance information on the other vehicles. Also take a record
of the accident witnesses. Lastly, take as many pictures of the scene
as well, including of the injuries sustained by the victims.