Throughout New York State, the roads can be a dangerous place. This is true year-round for drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. However, there are times when the roads become even more worrisome. Specifically, the weather can have a substantial impact on safety. After an accident, people can suffer personal, physical, emotional and financial problems. They can even lose their lives. Taking steps to be safe in the winter months can help, but some accidents are unavoidable. After an accident, it is important to have guidance with how to proceed.
Icy roads cited as cause of recent accidents
Even though it is relatively early in the winter, the weather is already posing an obstacle for safe driving. Accidents across the region were blamed on icy weather. It is believed that freezing rain and icy streets were the primary culprits. Pileups on highways were reported in several spots with one sending six people to local hospitals. Some roads were closed after accidents and people were advised to stay off the roads unless it was necessary. In one accident in Nassau County, 15 vehicles were involved. This might appear to be an isolated, single day of poor weather. Still, it could present a challenge throughout the season. Those on the road should be cognizant of it and take precautions.
Adhering to advice from experts about winter driving is often presented as a solution to the problem. While some ideas might be effective, there is little that can be done to prevent many accidents that happen on slick roadways when there is ice, sleet and snow. AAA tries to give helpful guidance about safe driving during the winter months. Almost half of all accidents that are believed to be weather-related happen in the winter. Drivers are advised to keep a safe distance between their vehicle and the vehicles ahead of them. This gives time to come to a full stop even if the roads are slippery. When braking, drivers should not press too hard. Instead, it is better to put steady pressure. On hills, tires spinning could be a danger, so it is useful to get the vehicle moving and stay at a consistent speed.
The winter carries with it a greater chance of the type of inclement weather that raises the chances of auto accidents. This is due to freezing rain, ice and snow. Adding in the known driver-inspired catalysts for accidents like driving under the influence, distracted driving, drowsy driving and plain recklessness and it is an ongoing concern. Drivers might try to drive the same way they do when the roads are clear. This too can lead to a crash.
Winter auto accidents are an unfortunate reality that must be navigated
After auto accidents, those who were impacted will have a lot to consider. Before making any decision on their available options, it is important to understand that the insurance companies are not going to simply pay for all the injured parties have lost without investigating the entire case and often trying to make insufficient settlement offers. Experienced assistance with an understanding of every aspect of a collision is vital. That includes the circumstances, who might have been at fault, the severity of the injuries, how much time will be lost at work, how family members’ lives might change and more. Discussing the case with those experienced in these incidents can be helpful with making an informed decision and achieving a satisfactory outcome.