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Car Accidents in the Winter

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

—Advice from a Car Accident Attorney in Albany

Icy, snowy and wintry conditions make driving difficult. Unfortunately, too many drivers in New York fail to exercise caution when driving in poor weather conditions, which leads to more accidents. According to IcyRoadSafety.com, there were 458 deaths in the United States from 2009-2010 due to icy roads and 477 from the year before. This further proves that icy conditions can be deadly when caution is not exercised.

What the Experts Say

Winter can start early in New York; sometimes showing ice as early as the end of October or mid-November. While majority of the snow does not start to hit until December and through February, these conditions can increase the number of accidents seen on the roadways.

A study published by physicians in 2005 assessed the effects of snowfall on motor vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities. They assessed the fatal crashes for all states from 1975 to 2000 and concluded that:

  • The number of fatal crashes was less on snowy days than dry days, but the number of non-fatal injury crashes and property damage-only crashes increased.
  • The first snowy day of the season was always the most dangerous compared to other snowy days of the season; especially for elderly drivers.
  • Snow-related crashes are substantial.

Their study had shown that poor weather conditions were associated with 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries, and more than 1.5 million crashes each year in the United States. Poor weather was present in 28 percent of all crashes and nearly 20 percent of highway fatalities.

What Options Do I Have if I Am Injured in a Winter-Related Accident This Year?

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident this winter, you do have options. You will first want to preserve the evidence of the scene by:

  1. Contacting the authorities or 911 to report the accident
  2. Seeking medical attention right away if you or a loved one is injured
  3. Exchanging contact information with the other driver
  4. Taking photographs of the accident scene, including the weather, road conditions, landmarks to help map out where the accident occurred, tire skids, etc.
  5. Obtaining a copy of the police report
  6. Obtaining copies of your medical records
  7. Speaking with a car accident attorney as soon as possible

Speak with a car accident lawyer in Schenectady, NY regarding your car accident. Contact Charles Harding for a free consultation. You can also call us at 518-384-3400