4 Factors that Cause Winter Vehicle Accidents

Winter is a week away and many people are preparing for the holidays. Worrying about the weather and the complications of snow and icy conditions are the last thing on our minds. Let a car accident law firm in Everett WA worry for you.

Unfortunately, a winter storm came early in New York on Wednesday morning.  According to the National Weather Servicesome areas of Cayuga County were hit with over 16 inches of snow by 7:00 p.m.  Within 4 ½ hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Cayuga County 911 had received over 100 calls, 44 of those were vehicle accidents.  By 4:45 p.m. the number of vehicle accidents had risen to 64.  On a typical day in Cayuga County, most 911 dispatchers receive 85 to 100 calls a day.

Due to the hazardous road conditions, Sheriff David Gould and Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg issued a travel advisory for Cayuga and Seneca County requesting all drivers to navigate carefully throughout all county roads.  By the end of the evening parts of Cayuga County received over a foot of snow. Info provided by:  The Citizen

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Winter Vehicle Accident Statistics

Did you know that according to Federal Highway Administration, “On average, there are over 5,870,000 vehicle crashes each year. Twenty-three percent (23%) of these crashes—nearly 1,312,000—are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as those crashes that occur in adverse weather (i.e., rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, or blowing snow/sand/debris) or on slick pavement (i.e., wet pavement, snowy/slushy pavement, or icy pavement). On average, 6,250 people are killed and over 480,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.”

4 Factors That Cause Winter Vehicle Accidents

  • Distracted driving –One of the biggest distractions when driving are usually the things that are in our own vehicle.  Cell phone, car stereo, food, pets and passengers can distract the driver from the task of driving safely.  The combination of distraction and the severe road conditions can have serious consequences.
  • Braking distance – Following a vehicle too closely or hitting your brake quickly in snow and icy road conditions can become a disaster.
  • Sliding or skidding – Skids and slides are caused by change of direction or speed.  If you are driving too fast in snow or ice and quickly change lanes, your vehicle’s rear wheels will lose traction and send the vehicle spinning.  Slamming on your brakes can also cause your wheels to lock which then propel your vehicle out of control.
  • Decreased visibility – Driving in snow and icy conditions can become almost impossible for driver’s to see.  Drivers who fail to clear their vehicle of snow and ice increase their chance of getting into an accident because of their limited ability to see.

Decrease your chances of getting into a vehicle accident in snow and icy conditions by reducing the speed of your vehicle and leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front so that you have enough time to react to any situation.

If you have been in a vehicle accident due to the negligence of someone else, it is imperative that you discuss your case with an experienced portland auto accident attorney. We will sit down with you to discuss all details of your case and explain the legal implications that are involved in your situation.  ContactRussell & Hill, PLLC by filling out our free personal injury evaluation form or call our toll-free number at 1-800-529-0842 to schedule a free initial consultation.