The Northeast is notorious for cold, harsh winters and hazardous snow storms.
Getting buried in an avalanche of snow is all too familiar to New Yorkers.
Therefore, we rely heavily on snowplows to clear the roads and streets
for us so that we may carry on with business as usual and safely commute
to and from our destination spots.
However, we rarely stop to consider what would happen if our cars came
in contact with these large and heavy-duty snowplows.
Knowledgeable Newburgh car accident attorneys know that unfortunately, snowplow accidents do happen. Colliding into
these behemoths with flashing amber lights can result in more serious
injuries than bruises, lacerations, whiplash and fractures. A car accident
with a snowplow can cause catastrophic injuries to the spine, back, brain
and even death.
If you only sustain minor injuries, it is still critical to seek medical
attention immediately. Smaller injuries may appear innocuous at first;
however, there may be long-term effects that might not manifest until
much later in time. Seeing a doctor ensures whether or not there has been
any internal damage to your organs and also helps corroborate your case.
motor vehicle accidents, a collision with a snowplow could occur for a number of reasons such
as tire blowouts or defective car brakes. Harsh weather conditions that
reduce visibility and create slippery road conditions can contribute to
an accident. However, negligent driving is a primary factor in automobile
crashes. Drivers that are distracted while driving by texting, talking
on the phone, eating or changing the radio station can suddenly crash
into the car in front of them. Failure to slow down during a blizzard
can cause a driver to easily lose control over the wheel.
Your highly knowledgeable and experienced Newburgh snowplow accident attorneys will help you determine liability. If the plow driver was negligent, he
may be liable for your personal injuries. Determining ownership of the
vehicle determines who will be liable for your injuries. If the plow was
owned by a private contractor, the contractor may be vicariously liable
for your injuries caused by the driver. If a local or state government
agency owns the vehicle, matters become more complex and special rules
need to be applied. Therefore, you need an experienced New York attorney
to guide you through this process.
It is always advised to practice extra care and precaution when driving
next to a snowplow so that you may protect yourself from an
auto accident. Keep a safe distance away from these plows and never assume a snowplow
driver can see you. Many times, they are hindered from seeing other motorists
or pedestrians that are too close to their vehicle because of their blind
spots. In addition, their wing blades obscure side views. Also, be alert
to snow blowing off the snowplow blade because this could cause a “white-out”
and obstruct your view of the road.
Learn more about car accidents in snowstorms, statistics, and safety in
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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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