December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- New York State is beautiful this time of year. Tourists are attracted to the state's winding back-country roads and out-of-the-way locations because of the changing fall leaves, the frost and the peace and quiet. However, with frost and cold comes dangerous driving weather, and people are hurt every year in accidents
as a result.
Some weather conditions, particularly icy roads and heavy fog, make it difficult to avoid a crash even with the best driving habits, although many accidents can be avoided in bad weather simply by driving more carefully. Speed is a huge factor in accidents across the country, says the National Safety Council. Driving too fast is estimated to cause one out of every three fatal car crashes. Many drivers may not realize that they can be held accountable for an accident if they were driving too fast for the weather conditions, even if they weren't going over the speed limit.
Last year, speed was blamed on 12,216 crashes that injured people, and 310 fatal crashes in the state, says the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. Many of these accidents happened when the weather was not ideal.
Tragic accident is a reminder of the season's dangers
Last January, a man driving in Suffolk County hit a telephone pole and was killed, according to WABC. Authorities said it was extremely foggy at the time of the accident. It's unknown whether speed was a factor in the crash that took his life, but one simple way to prevent a fatal accident is to reduce speed when it's foggy or rainy. Other tips, provided by TeensHealth, include:
- Drive with the headlights on in poor visibility, but don't use high beams in fog.
- Be extra cautious near intersections, where other cars can cruise through without realizing another car is approaching.
- Use all-weather tires and be sure they're properly inflated to avoid skidding.
- Increase the following distance from the car in front, to allow more time to stop.
If conditions seem too dangerous for driving, by all means avoid going out in the weather, or pull over in a safe spot to wait out a storm. Delaying a trip may be inconvenient, but is well worth it if it prevents an accident.
Getting help from an attorney
Many drivers assume they're safe with all-weather tires or four-wheel drive, which simply isn't the case. Everyone knows this type of driver: the ones who weave in and out of traffic and insist on speeding even when it's pouring down rain or snow. Sadly, even though you may be exercising as much caution as possible, you may not be able to protect yourself from this type of driver. If you've been involved in an accident with a reckless or speeding driver, you may be entitled for the compensation of your medical expenses. Call an experienced personal injury attorney right away to discuss your options.
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