Living in the Northeast means driving in some terrible weather conditions. Not only do we have to deal with cold, icy rain and snow, but foggy mornings and rainy evenings. Bad weather usually means driving conditions are less than ideal. Even if your car is going a few digits over the speed limit, you may miss a patch of ice on the road.
Weather-related vehicle crashes can result in serious injuries, sometimes even death. If you’ve been in an accident with a driver who was driving carelessly in bad weather, then you need the expertise of the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone to help you recover the costs.
The Impact of Weather on Road Surfaces
On average, there are 5.8 million vehicle accidents each year. And according to the Federal Highway Administration, there are 23 percent of all vehicle crashes between 2002 and 2013 were the result of poor weather conditions. Of those accidents, more than 480,000 people were injured and more than 6,000 people were killed.
As you can see, weather plays a major part in driving conditions. For instance, if there is precipitation, such as snow, sleet, or rain, it will not only make the roadway slick, but will decrease your visibility and can cause an obstruction on highway lanes (because of wind-blown snow or debris, for example). If it’s foggy out, than you may not be able to see any dangers ahead.
After Getting Into a Weather Related Accident
Even with poor conditions, your car accident may have been avoided if the other driver had not been careless. We all know that driving in bad weather is dangerous – however by taking the proper precautions such as driving slower and staying alert will help you stay safer on the roads. However, not everyone is careful on the roads.
After getting into an accident where weather has played a factor remember to:
- Remain calm,
- Check to make sure everyone is ok
- Call 911
- Get the other driver or drivers’ information such as insurance
- Get information from anyone who witnessed the accident
- Take photos of the accident scene, especially any damage to your vehicle and the area surrounding the accident.
- Call Jersey City personal injury lawyer Anthony Carbone
Don’t Wait. Call Today!
If you get into an auto accident in New Jersey with a driver who was driving carelessly in bad weather, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today to schedule a free consultation. Now serving auto accident victims in Jersey City, Newark, and throughout New Jersey.