Do you ever wonder what creates the perfect storm for New York car accidents
and how to avoid them?
The first thought that springs to mind is probably about weather-related
factors such as snow, freezing ice, and strong winds.
However, battling the elements alone is just the tip of the iceberg. Couple
the wrath of Mother Nature with the negligence of man, and you have yourself
one big driving disaster.
How does the inclement weather increase the risk of getting into a motor
Heavy snowfall and rain can reduce visibility making it difficult to see.
This is especially true during a winter whiteout. Freezing ice and slush
diminishes traction making the roads very slippery.
Newburgh car accident attorneys know that these adverse winter conditions make it very dangerous to drive
on the roadways.
How does a negligent motorist increase the likelihood of causing a
dangerous car crash?
Every driver has a duty of care in the use and operation of a motor vehicle.
Actions are measured using a “reasonable person” standard.
If a driver does not act reasonably under the circumstances as would a
reasonably prudent person, there is a breach of duty. If this breach caused
foreseeable harm to another person that resulted in damages, a claim of
negligence can arise.
Let’s take at look at some examples of negligent behavior. When heavy
snowfall reduces visibility and wet, icy roads diminish traction, a reasonably
prudent person will slow down, turn on the car’s headlights, and
keep a safe distance between vehicles. A negligent driver will not. A
reasonably prudent person will have his/her car serviced and inspected
to ensure properly working brake pads, windshield wipers, and defogging
devices. A negligent motorist will not.
As you can see, a reasonable person operates a vehicle in a careful way
and takes precaution in preventing a
car accident. A negligent person does not. Thus, negligent behavior can quickly cause
a car accident and can result in liability for the victim’s injuries.
The following are some ways you can avoid a
motor vehicle accident during this February freeze.
- Avoid getting behind the wheel altogether in the midst of severe blizzard
warnings and snowstorms.
- Adjust your speed accordingly. When confronted with blinding snowfall or
slippery black ice, drive slow and keep a safe distance between cars.
- Drive defensively. Be cautious of negligent drivers on the road and keep
a vigilant eye.
- Obey all traffic regulations.
- Be sure to properly maintain your vehicle.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Don’t text and drive.
Learn more about the most common triggers of car accidents that every driver
should know in
our article posted here. Read about how distracted driving is a form of negligent behavior in
our blog post available here. Learn about how debris and obstacles on the road can cause serious personal
our blog post available here. Find out about how vehicle defects can cause fatal car accidents in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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