The month of January not only brings in a slew of New Year celebrations
and resolutions, but it also invites heavy snowfall, freezing weather,
and icy roads. This is the time of year when New York's inclement
winter conditions can cause a myriad of serious car accidents. Although
you might be driving defensively, other motorists may not be. All drivers
are required to exercise a reasonable degree of care in the use and operation
of their motor vehicles. When drivers fall short of this standard and cause a
motor vehicle accident through negligent or reckless behavior, they may be liable for injuries caused.
Experienced Newburgh car accident attorneys know that avoiding the roadways during hazardous winter conditions may
not always be an option. There are added precautions to take when driving
in New York's dangerous winter weather.
Slippery roads and reduced visibility make it difficult to navigate while
on the road. Residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region are all too familiar
with whiteout conditions that can render a driver completely blind and
make it difficult to see other vehicles and pedestrians. Black ice, which
is difficult to see on asphalt, increases the probability of skidding
off the road and colliding with another motorist.
Our experienced car accident attorneys also know that most roadway fatalities occur during the winter. Therefore,
it is critical to practice certain safeguards to avert disaster of a
motor vehicle collision in the new year. This includes making sure you clean your vehicle of all
snow and ice which could impair your vision or fly off and strike another
vehicle. Also make sure to keep a steady speed and refrain from accelerating
or braking too hard. This is particularly of importance on turns or curves.
Most obvious, make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle
in front of you to give yourself extra time to stop.
Battling the elements is no joke. A negligent or reckless driver that fails
to take adequate precaution while driving on snow, slush, and icy pavements
may be held liable for any ensuing injuries or damages arising from a
motor vehicle accident with another. Innocent parties have the right to sue for compensation
for bodily injuries or wrongful death.
Learn about issues with motor vehicle accidents in the winter in the latest
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