Although the recent holidays are now a thing of the past, Poughkeepsie
residents are well aware that the month of January still brings blinding
snow fall, slippery ice, and freezing weather to the Queen City. Raging
blizzards and strong winds create dangerous road conditions that make
it unsafe to drive. Reduced visibility and slippery roadways can quickly
translate into a
motor vehicle accident.
Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that a driver’s worst fear is not necessarily in battling the
elements alone. It is that negligent driver sharing the roads with other
motorists that can be a serious cause for concern. Negligently operating
a vehicle especially during adverse winter conditions increases the risk
of a car accident.
Every motorist in New York is required to use and operate their vehicle
in a careful and safe way in order to prevent harm to another motorist
or pedestrian. The law recognizes a standard of care that requires a certain
degree of prudence in order to meet this duty of care. In New York, this
standard rises to the level of "reasonable care." Thus, motorists
are required to use reasonable care when driving as would any other reasonably
prudent motorist under like circumstances.
Actions that fall below this standard means that person breached their
duty of care. This is determined by a jury through an examination of the
facts of the case. For a claim of negligence, the elements of causation
and damages must also be proven.
Now what if you were injured in a
New York auto accident that occurred during a winter whiteout? What will need to be determined
is whether the negligent driver that struck you acted reasonably under
the circumstances. Did he slow down? Did he turn his headlights on? Did
he take extra precaution while driving? If he did not act reasonably as
would another reasonably prudent motorist under like circumstances and
as a consequence caused your injuries, he or she is liable for your injuries.
It is important to contact a
knowledgeable and experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorney as soon as possible following your car accident injury in order to preserve
your claim and obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
Learn more about car accidents in snowstorms, statistics, and safety in
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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
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.