Poor Weather Conditions
If you have suffered injuries because of a New Jersey car accident during poor weather, you might be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim filed against the other driver. The Bhatt Law Group has decades of experience in providing personalized, caring and compassionate care for those who have suffered injuries and damages as a result of New Jersey auto accidents.
Weather-Related Car Accidents Are Deadly in NJ
A report from the Weather Channel in 2016 revealed that weather-related car accidents are more deadly than tornadoes. These are car crashes that take place in fog, freezing rain, sleet, snow, hail, heavy rain, thick smoke, or even drivers being blinded by the glaring sun. On the annual basis, more people die in weather-related crashes than in large scale weather disasters. Most weather hazards are in play from late fall to early spring with the threats of everything from rain and snow to ice and fog.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) more than 5,748,000 motor vehicle crashes happen on an annual basis. Of those, about 22% or 1,259,000 of those crashes involve hazardous weather. Those hazardous weather crashes lead to about 5,900 deaths every year and that does not include the thousands of injuries that are suffered in those accidents. For comparison, the 10-year average combined number of deaths on an annual basis for lightning, hurricanes, heat, tornadoes, and flooding is only 375 people.
What Causes Weather-Related Crashes?
According to the DOT, weather-related crashes have several causes. These crashes might result from icy pavement, fog, snow or slush on the pavement, sleet, rain, and wet pavement. The two leading causes were rain and wet pavement. These were followed by winter weather and fog. Wet pavement and rain cause more deaths than any other kinds of situations resulting from weather-related accidents.
There is serious danger from sudden restrictions in visibility. Rapidly changing weather can lead to serious visibility issues, some culprits include dense fog, blinding rain, or a heavy snow squall. You can have good visibility rapidly drop to visibility for just a few feet in seconds. As an example, winter storms can cause speed restrictions, traffic crashes, and multi-vehicle pileups throughout New Jersey. Snow, rain, and ice often hit the area and lead to massive delays, closings, and accidents on New Jersey highways.
When a driver is behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she has responsibility to exercise due care even if there is bad weather. A driver should be prepared and experienced in handling poor weather conditions. If he or she doesn’t believe it is possible to safely operate a vehicle considering the situation, then the smart choice is to stay off the roads. A car crash can lead to various injuries and damages that impact those who are injured for years to come.
Use Extreme Caution When Driving In:
- Snow Sleet
- Freezing Rain
- Thick Smoke
- Toward the Sun
Consult With A NJ Auto Accident Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by poor weather conditions, you might be able to pursue a claim against the other driver to get compensated for your damages. Schedule a free initial case review with a personal injury attorney at The Bhatt Law Group today. Call (201) 798-8000 to learn about your legal options and your rights.