Winter in New York City tends to be cold and rainy, with some snowfall as well. These temperatures combined with the precipitation means that the roads become more dangerous than usual, and since there are so many people on the road traveling for the holidays, it’s all too easy to get in a car accident if you’re not careful.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in or around New York City, don’t hesitate to call personal injury attorney Reid B. Wissner at 212-406-9288for a free legal consultation. We serve clients in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and other areas of NYC.
Here are some common reasons for car accidents in the winter in New York City.
Speeding On Slippery Roads
A major cause of car accidents in the winter is people speeding and losing control of their car. When it’s raining or snowing, usually you should be driving under the posted speed limit. Driving on a slippery road means you can’t slow down or stop as quickly as usual, and you should keep that in mind when gauging how fast to go and how close you are to other cars.
In the rare case of a heavy snowfall, you should try to avoid driving altogether. Obscured visibility, slippery roads, and unpredictable other drivers make for an experience fraught with danger no matter how experienced you are at driving in inclement weather.
Drunk driving is what most people think of when imagining driving while impaired, but there are many types of impaired driving that are common in the winter. These include:
- Drunk driving
- Hungover driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of prescription drugs
Drunk driving is a well recognized problem, but many people don't realize that driving while hungover can be just as bad. Studies have shown that on mornings after drinking heavily, drivers are erratic, have trouble staying in their lanes, and are more apt to run stop signs and traffic lights.
In addition, the end of daylight savings time means the sun sets much earlier, and driving in the dark can cause drowsiness and impede your ability to see your surroundings accurately and clearly. The number of traffic accidents rises after dark, and it's not only due to people leaving the bars and not realizing they aren't in any shape to drive.
Distracted driving is a problem year-round, but consequences can be exacerbated in the winter. If you are texting, happen to look up and see that you are about to hit the person in front of you, and slam on your brakes, you have a small chance of avoiding an accident if the road is dry. If the road is slippery, you are more likely than not going to slide right into a car crash.
Avoid distracted driving car accidents by:
- Not looking at your phone while driving
- Only using Bluetooth to take calls
- Not putting on makeup or grooming while driving
- Not eating or drinking while driving
Of course, no matter how carefully you drive and how many precautions you take, you can't stop other people on the road from driving dangerously. If you are injured in a car wreck in New York City due to another person's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices at 212-406-9288to schedule your free, no-obligation legal consultation. We serve patients in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and nearby areas of New York City.