December is officially upon us which means it is also time for the beautiful snowy weather that puts us into the holiday spirit. However, though the snow is pleasant to observe from inside your warm home, driving in the snow is an entirely different story.
Nearly 1,300 people are killed every year in a car accident during snowfall or sleet. According to SafeWinterRoads.org, more than 116,800 individuals are injured every year in a car accident on slushy, snowy, or icy pavement. 70 percent of accidental deaths that happen during the winter season occur in automobiles. Between 2000 and 2011, the Syracuse area averaged 121.7 inches, over 10 feet, of snow. Central New York is known for its extensive snowfall and icy conditions. In 2011, 24,995 car crashes or 10 percent of all car accidents were accredited to the slippery pavement.
The winter weather takes a toll on roads and forces Central New York residents to adapt their driving habits. Snow, rain, and fog hinder visibility for drivers. Slippery roads affect drivers’ traction control and stability while they maneuver down the road. Hazardous winter conditions often slow traffic as well. Furthermore, temperature extremes can affect the vehicle’s performance. There are many new elements to consider while driving in the winter.
Winter driving is quite the hassle for those with commutes to work or to visit family and friends. Tough Central New York residents suffer their way through the treacherous conditions as many do not have the luxury of staying off the roads. Though many practice proper winter driving safety, accidents happen. Take a look at why…
While there may not be several inches of snow on the ground, you can hit a sheet of black ice in an instant and even the most experienced driver will spin out of control. Sometimes snowfall decreases visibility as well. Remember to slow down and watch out for ice during freezing temperatures.
This occurs if a driver thinks he or she can handle any element that comes their way on the road. It is important not to speed or take risks when driving during the winter as it could harm both you and other drivers on the road.
This is an issue throughout any season, however, driving distracted shortens reaction time, which you often have less of on icy days. Put your phone away and pay attention to the road.
Early winter also brings about numerous holidays. As friends and loved ones get together, many will share a drink or two. Snow already inhibits your vision and driving while intoxicated is deadly in itself. This holiday season, determine a designated driver or a ride to bring you home safely.
Winter car accidents can be a traumatizing experience. If the unfortunate ever happens, be sure to perform these steps following a car crash:
1. Get yourself to safety.
The most important thing is to remove yourself from any additional danger after a car accident. Make sure you move yourself to a safe place as soon as possible.
2. Call 911.
Once you are in a safe area, call 911 to notify emergency personnel about your location, injuries, etc.
3. Collect evidence.
Take photos of the scene of the car accident, record poor road conditions, any obstructed signs, perhaps your snow tires blew, anything that contributed to the accident. Also, take photos of your injuries and the damage to the vehicle. Obtain witnesses, if possible, who will attest to what occurred. Contact your insurance company to report the accident but do not give an official recorded statement until you fulfill the next step.
4. Contact a car accident lawyer.
A car accident is not only a danger to your wellbeing, but it is also a stressful time if injuries sustained will force you to miss work, or if all of the damage to your vehicle is not covered by your insurance. A personal injury lawyer will be able to direct you in the steps to take if you wish to go through with a lawsuit to compensate for medical expenses and emotional distress.
If you or a loved one has suffered from car accident injuries, you need the best auto accident attorney on your side. The lawyers at Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi & Pearlman know how dangerous it can be while driving in the snow, and they have the experience and knowledge to find the best solution for you and your personal injury claims in this difficult time. Contact The People’s Lawyer for a free car accident consultation today.
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