In New York and across the nation, driving is always somewhat dangerous. In 2014 alone, there were over 30,000 people killed in car accidents on U.S. roadways. Another 2.3 million people were injured. What is causing so many accidents? All the things you would expect: distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, road conditions, and more.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the weather has played a significant role in a large number of accidents and injuries on our roads. Their report shows that the 10-year average based on data from 2002-12 suggests that 23% of vehicle crashes, 20% of crash injuries and 17% of crash fatalities are weather related. They define weather related as occurring “in the presence of adverse weather and/or slick pavement conditions.”
No matter how hard you try to prevent an accident, external factors may be out of your control. For example, weather conditions such as fog, rain, wind, ice, and snow can make for treacherous driving. The best thing to do when the roads are slick is to avoid driving altogether. But, we all have responsibilities that often make staying home impossible. Before inclement weather hits, there are several things you can do to make sure you and your vehicle are ready.
Once your car gets a clean bill of health, it is up to you to practice safe driving. Extra caution on the roads, especially in nasty weather, can go a long way towards keeping your family safe.
If you do experience an accident or a breakdown, it is important that you are prepared. If you are stuck in a storm or injured on the side of the road, you may face dangers that are even worse than an accident. A little bit of thinking ahead of time can make a big difference. If you must go out in inclement weather, or embark on a long trip, consider the following precautions:
If your car breaks down or you experience an accident, safety must be your priority.
Whether you are driving in New York or across the country, it is our sincere hope that you and your family enjoy safe travels. If you experience any issues, however, you may wish to consult with our New York personal injury attorneys who understands the complicated nature of personal injury claims. Contact Leeds Brown at 1-800-585-4658 to learn about your legal rights after a motor vehicle accident and whether we can help you recover any compensation you deserve.