Storms, especially those that are violent, wreak havoc upon everything
in its path. Motorists driving during storms will experience diminished
visibility, diminished traction, and an overall reduction in the ability
to react and respond to external stimuli.
Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys knowledgeable in the areas of personal injury and motor vehicle accidents
know that more than just the weather can be blamed for many accidents
that which occur during bad storms.
Rain, fog, ice, snow, or any combinations thereof are weather phenomena
occurring out of anyone’s control. What is under a motorist’s
control is how to react to bad storms when driving on Poughkeepsie roadways.
Motorists should make sure that windshield wipers and defogging devices
on the car are in proper working order. Even when such devices are in
proper working order, motorists should drive slower and keep greater distances
away from other vehicles when driving during bad storms in order to prevent a
If a motorist does not take such precautions, than their actions may not
be “reasonable” under the circumstances. Acting unreasonably
is a breach of a motorist’s duty of care. This is negligence. Any
harm attributed to the negligent act can cause the offending driver to
be liable for the victim’s damages.
Wet and or icy road surfaces will also diminish the vehicle’s traction.
Such is common knowledge. Knowing this, motorists must adjust their operation
of a motor vehicle accordingly, just as would any other reasonable and
prudent driver. Again, failing to mount a reasonable response to diminished
traction can be an
act of negligence.
While driving too fast in bad storms can amount to negligence, so too can
driving too slowly. Reaction times are diminished when visibility and
vehicle traction is impaired. Motorists driving at the appropriate speed
in bad storms may not be able to see and respond to motorists who are
driving at an unreasonably too slow pace. Therefore, “Sunday drivers”
can be just as dangerous as are speed daemons.
In sum of this discussion thus far, accidents caused by others during the
course of a bad storm can be due to how one has maintained one’s
car; how one operates one’s vehicle during the storm; and how one
responds to other vehicles on the road.
Poughkeepsie, New York is approaching the autumn season. By way of conclusion,
we must impart some advice in regard to a change in season to avoid
A change in season brings a change in weather and road conditions. Even
though we experience season changes every year, motorists nonetheless
need time to adjust their driving. Therefore, be prepared for other motorists
who have not yet mentally adjusted to the change in season. Also, mentally
prepare yourself for wet, slick roadways covered by fallen leaves.
Learn more about more of the common causes of motor vehicle crashes which
can be prevented in
our article posted here. Find out what happens when roadway debris causes a car accident 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
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