One of the greatest things about New York is the weather, which unlike other states in the country, tends to vary and allows us to enjoy all four seasons rather than just those that are scorching hot or unbearably cold. Bad weather conditions, however, can send our busy streets and highways into a frenzy causing numerous car accidents and other traffic issues. Because bad weather car accidents may include multiple cars and contributing elements, it’s important you have an experienced lawyer to help establish whether another person or entity is responsible for your accident.
How Adverse Weather Affects Traffic
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, within a 10-year period, more than 1.3 million car accidents occurred because of bad weather. Because snow and rain combined with high-traffic areas are all familiar, driving in New York at times can be risky. These conditions not only decrease driver visibility but also affect how vehicles perform. Even conditions such as high winds and extremely high or low temperatures can affect the roads, vehicles, and drivers. Furthermore, car accidents can result in disastrous multi-vehicle accidents and traffic jams that in turn cause more car accidents.
If your car accident occurred due to snow, rain, or other weather conditions, it could be difficult figuring out who is to blame other than Mother Nature. There are, however, instances where although the weather may have contributed to difficulty while driving, other drivers may have been negligent and at fault for the actual crash. Your lawyer can investigate whether or not the other drivers involved in the accident caused the accident by failing to drive responsibly, speeding or driving faster than one should through snow or fog, or neglecting the condition of tires or windshield wipers that may have prevented the accident.
Poor Road Maintenance in Bad Weather
In addition to other drivers and their vehicles, poor road maintenance, especially during bad weather conditions, can contribute to a car accident and possibly be responsible. Some road maintenance issues such as potholes, missing guardrails, and unmarked construction areas present enough difficulty navigating roadways in moderate weather and can become impossible when combined with icy or slippery roads. When it comes to determining whether poor road maintenance caused your accident during any type of weather, you need a qualified lawyer who can track down the parties responsible whether county, city, or state, for New York’s road maintenance.
Why You Need a NY Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents that occur during bad weather conditions can be even more complicated than those occurring on a typical sunny day. At first glance, it might seem you have no options for seeking compensation. Your attorney can determine whether another driver or entity was at least partially responsible for your injuries and damage to your vehicle. Although there is little we can do to fight snow or rain, you shouldn’t be left alone with the injuries and expenses if someone else’s negligence played a part in the accident.
If you or your loved ones have been in a car accident that may have occurred because of adverse weather conditions, you’ll need the experience of Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP to assist you. Contact us online or call 1-800-VICTIM2 (1-800-842-8462) for a free consultation.