The blustery winter season has officially arrived. While many people enjoy watching the snow fall and bundling up in cozy sweaters, wintery conditions can also make the roads very slick and unsafe.
Long Island car accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye urges everyone to drive cautiously this winter. Driving is very dangerous when the roads are covered in snow and ice, so it’s important to be extra careful. When possible, stay home if the roads appear to be too hazardous, as you don’t want to risk your safety or that of your family.
Icy roads and driving dangers
Sunday, January 18 was a very snowy day in New York. Hundreds of vehicle crashes caused significant delays from emergency response teams. In New York City alone, the Fire Department had a backlog of over 600 emergency medical calls by late Sunday morning. By 2 pm, approximately 200 callers were still waiting on help. In fact, the city called on additional ambulances from neighboring jurisdictions for help.
The National Weather Service had issued a freezing rain warning that lasted into the early afternoon, but that didn’t deter some drivers from taking their chances on the roads. In total, the New Jersey State Police responded to more than 400 crashes throughout the day ─ including one on Interstate 280 in Roseland where a person was killed. Additionally, nine people were injured in a several car pileup that occurred just after 7 am at Clove and Richmond Roads in Staten Island.
Auto accident liability
New York drivers are required by law to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. This includes $25,000 for bodily injury to one person, $50,000 for bodily injury to all persons and $10,000 for property damage in any one accident. Additionally, drivers are required to purchase mandatory “no-fault insurance” coverage of $50,000.
Liability car insurance covers the damages to another person caused by the driver. When someone is found to be at fault in an accident, they are liable for helping the other people involved pay for their property damage and bodily injuries.
An attorney can determine who is at fault in the accident, by reviewing evidence such as police reports, state traffic laws and interviewing witnesses. Many factors are examined to determine what or who caused the accident, such as the weather, traffic conditions, adherence to traffic laws, reckless driving and whether any driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Pursuing a Long Island car accident lawsuit
When the roads are slick from wintery conditions like snow, ice and sleet, it’s important to drive cautiously. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to take extra precautions for inclement weather, putting themselves and others at risk for preventable injuries. If you were harmed in a collision caused by a reckless driver, you need someone on your team to fight for your rights.
Lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation. We’ll review your case to determine whether you have the basis to file a Long Island car accident lawsuit. It’s our job to seek justice for innocent victims like you!