Driving in New York can be a challenge on any day. But during the snowy and icy winter months, it can be even more dangerous to navigate the streets. One reason for the dangerous winter months in upstate New York is the reality of lake effect snow.
A new study revealed that more than 800 people die each year in the U.S. in vehicle crashes caused by snow, sleet and freezing rain. Among the findings is that crash fatalities were higher than expected in heavy snowfall regions in the western and northern areas of the state.
What Is the Lake Snow Effect?
Lake snow effect is a weather phenomenon created when cold, dry air picks up moisture and heat by passing over a relatively warmer lake. This phenomenon is more likely to occur during the late fall into early winter when lake temperatures are at their warmest, relative to the colder air spilling over them. Once the lakes freeze over, the moisture and heat source is lost and lake-effect snow has a difficult time developing.
In New York, lake effect snow is a common occurrence. When the phenomenon hits, it results in slippery surfaces, poor visibility and result in challenges in controlling one’s vehicle. The state witnessed one of its worse lake snow effects in October 2006, downing trees and power lines, and knocking out power to about a million customers in the area. The snow impact worsened because many of the trees still had their leaves which caused even more damage.
What To Do If You are In a Lake Effect Snow Car Crash in New York
Generally, lake effect snow motor vehicle accidents happen because other motorists do not drive responsibly for the conditions. Despite the hazards of the storm, drivers may drive too fast, distracted, or while intoxicated. While all of these can be risky on their own, they can be even more dangerous during a lake effect snow weather phenomenon.
If you have been injured in a lake effect snow accident in New York that you believe was caused by another motorist’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced New York car crash attorney can protect your legal rights and help you get compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Any out of pocket expenses related to the crash
Call a NYC Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in any type of car accident that was caused by the reckless actions of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim and be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to consult with one of our experienced NYC car accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.