Americans are well known for living high-impact and fast-paced lives. With
mounting work, project deadlines, and personal responsibilities, we are
always on the run. Poughkeepsie residents rely heavily on their motor
vehicles to get to their destination points in as little time as possible.
However, with a forecast of snow showers and chilly winds ahead of us,
it is time to slow down. Hazardous weather conditions increase the likelihood
of getting into a car accident.
Experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that finding oneself in the middle of a blinding snow storm can be
a stressful experience. During a Poughkeepsie winter whiteout, the potential
for motor vehicle collisions is at an all-time high due to poor visibility.
Nevertheless, when it comes to determining fault, one cannot simply blame
harsh weather and adverse road conditions. Although we cannot control
the weather, we can take extra safety precautions by driving more carefully.
Accidents caused by negligent driving decisions can result in a personal
injury claim against the negligent driver. In order to establish a prima
facie case of negligence, the elements of duty, breach of duty, causation
and damages must be proven.
Every motorist has a duty to exercise reasonable care and caution when
driving in order to prevent injury to another person. What is considered
“reasonable” depends on the current road condition. For instance,
driving at the posted speed limit on a clear, sunny day is reasonable.
On the other hand, doing so in the middle of a snow storm is not. When
subject to snow and icy roads, it is easy to lose control and
collide into another vehicle. Therefore, it is important to drive below the posted speed limit during
wintry weather conditions so to prevent injuring another person.
Exercising reasonable care in the use and operation of a motor vehicle
in the winter includes clearing it from all snow and ice before driving,
including the hood. This prevents snow obstruction to your windshield
In addition, this limits the possibility of a
car accident by preventing snow and ice from striking another motorist or obstructing
his or her view of the road. Also, make sure your front and rear defrosters
are operating properly and that your car is serviced for winter driving.
Failing to exercise reasonable care is a breach of duty exposing one to
liability if an injury occurs.
If you or a loved one is the victim in a car accident, contact an
experienced Poughkeepsie attorney immediately to discuss the viability of your claim and the legal options
available to you.
Read more about winter car accidents caused by hazardous road conditions in our
article available here. Find out about liability and car accidents caused by snow and ice in our
blog post 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
convenient contact form here.