During the first snowfall of the year, you may huddle inside, cuddled under blankets to keep warm. However, if you need to travel, ensuring you take the proper precautions to do so safely is essential. Staying alert and aware of your surroundings is vital. Unfortunately, other drivers may not take the same precautions during the winter months, leading to accidents. If injured in a collision caused by winter driving hazards, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how a New York City car accident lawyer can help you receive justice for the injuries you’ve sustained.
What Are the Different Kinds of Driving Hazards?
One of the most common winter hazards you’ll experience is ice. Unfortunately, when precipitation like snow or rain comes in contact with the ground, the temperatures can cause it to freeze. This means the roadway can become covered in ice, which is often invisible to many drivers. Often, drivers will lose control of their vehicles due to the lack of traction for their tires.
Another common hazard is due to the negligence of other drivers. Unfortunately, many people do not plan ahead when traveling in winter weather, meaning they may not remove all of the snow and ice on their vehicles. This can cause accidents, as the snow becomes dislodged from the top of their car while traveling, only to strike the car driving behind. This can cause damage to your vehicle and, in some instances, lead to losing control of the vehicle and colliding with other cars or stationary objects.
How Do I Avoid Them?
To avoid winter driving hazards, stay home when possible. Avoid traveling in unsafe conditions unless absolutely necessary. However, if you must travel, take the following precautions to reduce the risk of injury:
- Remove snow from your vehicle
- Check your vehicle before leaving to ensure breaks, wipers, and lights all work as intended
- Invest in snow chains for your tires to improve traction
- Test your vehicle’s battery voltage
Should I Contact a Lawyer if I’m Hurt in an Accident?
If you were traveling in winter conditions and a negligent driver caused an accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Even if the collision occurs due to another driver sliding on ice, you can still receive compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained.
If you were the victim of an accident made worse by winter weather, ensuring you have an attorney representing you is crucial. They can help try to settle with the at-fault driver’s insurance to help you receive a suitable amount of funds for the injuries you’ve sustained.
Reach out to Mirza Law to discuss the details of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. We will work tirelessly to fight for the justice you deserve at the hands of another person’s neglect.