The snow and icy conditions of the winter months in New York result in dangerous roads, reducing pavement friction and challenging drivers in maneuvering their vehicles due to reduced visibility. This inclement weather can result in a dramatic increase in car accidents, especially for drivers who are not familiar with the dangers of such harsh weather.
The Alarming Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 70 percent of Americans live in areas where snow and ice hazards are the norm. Most of those roads get an excess of five inches of snow each year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that 24 percent of motor vehicle accidents occur during the winter months on ice and snow laden roads. More than 1,300 Americans are killed in motor vehicle accidents and more than 116,000 are injured as a result of inclement weather during the winter months each year.
How to Stay Safe
Motorists usually find it difficult to control their vehicles when there is heavy snowfall. Regardless of how careful you drive during the winter months, you are nevertheless at risk for an accident. Although you may not be able to completely avoid getting into an accident, you can reduce the likelihood by taking the following safety tips into consideration:
- Listen to the weather report before leaving home
- Winterize your vehicle
- Keep an eye out for abandoned or stalled vehicles
- Wear your seat belt
- Do not use cell phones while driving
- Have chains in your vehicle
- Keep your windshield clean for better visibility
- Brake slowly
- Keep clear distance from other vehicles
- Avoid the roadways altogether when it is unsafe to drive
Contact A New York Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.