What Are the Most Common Causes of Winter Driving Accidents in NYC?

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What Are the Most Common Causes of Winter Driving Accidents in NYC?

With the winter season rapidly approaching, it’s paramount for motorists here in New York City to understand the hazards associated with winter driving. Please continue reading to learn more about why winter accidents occur more frequently and contact a dedicated NYC personal injury lawyer from our firm if you’ve been injured in an auto accident due to no fault of your own. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Why Do Winter Accidents Occur More Frequently?

The primary culprit for the increase in accidents during the winter season is the adverse weather conditions. Snow and ice significantly alter road surfaces, often without warning, creating slippery and unpredictable driving conditions. This drastic change affects vehicle traction, making it harder to control vehicles, especially during sudden stops or turns.

Reduced visibility is another critical factor contributing to winter accidents. Heavy snowfall can obscure a driver’s view, making it challenging to spot pedestrians, other vehicles, or road signs. Even light snow or sleet can impair visibility, especially when combined with the glare from wet roads or oncoming headlights. This problem is exacerbated during the early morning and late evening hours, when natural light is minimal, and most commuters are on the roads.

Driver preparedness, or the lack thereof, is also a significant contributor to winter accidents. Many drivers in NYC are not accustomed to navigating in snowy or icy conditions, leading to poor judgment and reaction times. For instance, drivers might not adjust their speed to match the road conditions or might overestimate their vehicle’s handling capabilities on slippery roads.

Furthermore, winter weather can exacerbate existing road hazards. Potholes, uneven road surfaces, and unexpected obstacles are more difficult to detect and avoid under snow or ice. This situation is particularly dangerous for motorcyclists and bicyclists, who are more vulnerable to such hazards.

Lastly, winter brings shorter daylight hours, meaning more driving is done in the dark. Darkness not only reduces visibility but also affects a driver’s perception and reaction time. Combined with the challenging road conditions, this further increases the likelihood of accidents during the winter months.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny for guidance through each step of the claims process.

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