Inclement weather of any variety has a significant impact on the flow of
traffic in Newburgh and all throughout New York. Newburgh residents will
find it harder to see the road itself, other vehicles, pedestrians, and
roadway hazards during poor weather conditions, especially so when the
weather and roadways are snowy and icy.
Experienced Newburgh motor vehicle accident attorneys also know that the weather impacts more than just a driver’s ability
to see. Specifically, motorists driving on snow and ice will experience
a reduction in their vehicle’s ability to function normally, and
motorists will not be able to control their vehicles optimally. Therefore,
even if a driver were to see a hazard or a danger coming, there may not
be an opportunity to avoid an accident.
As evidence, consider the following statistics about
car accidents related to snow and ice.
Accidents related to Snow:
For years 2002 through 2012, the average number of annual
car accidents related to snowy weather conditions was over 200,000. This amounted to
an annual average of over 58,000 people injured in these crashes. 769
is the annual average number of people killed in snowy weather motor vehicle
During the same years noted above, over 150,000
motor vehicle accidents were attributed to icy roadways. This resulted in an annual average of
over 45,000 injured people and 500 people killed.
Naturally, state agencies and local municipalities take measures to reduce
the dangers of snow and ice. For example, simply salting roads can reduce
accidents and injuries by nearly ninety percent. But that still leaves
over a ten percent window for accidents to occur. Newburgh residents know
that winter weather cannot be avoided, but did you know that seventy plus
percent of all roads in the United States run through snowy and icy regions.
In fact, all but three of the lower 48 states in America experienced fatalities
related to icy road conditions in the 2009 to 2010 winter season. The
weather in thirteen of these states will place motorists at a high risk
for fatalities related to icy roadways. This includes New York, where
fourteen icy road fatalities occurred during the above mentioned season.
Residents of the Hudson Valley regions of New York find themselves at
a slightly lesser risk, but such is not very comforting when faced with
the reality that a New York resident will certainly die in a snow or ice
car accident every year.
For more safety tips, look at some of our other articles and blog posts.
Read an overview of safety tips, statistics, liability, and advice in
our article on snow and ice car accidents
available here. Learn about snow and ice car accidents and statistics in
our blog post available here. For safe driving tips in the snow,
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