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Take precautions to avoid car accidents during winter storms

This is the time of the year that New York is hammered by storms that make travel extremely hazardous. There is no shortage of car accidents, and sadly, many lives are lost each year in the time leading up to the holidays. However, proactive drivers can take precautions to increase their chances of arriving at their destinations safely.

It might be a good idea for New York drivers to check weather predictions and to only travel when they must. They should also make sure the gas level in their vehicles' tanks is not below half. Drivers should increase following distances to allow enough space for coming to a halt on icy roads, and when snowstorms limit visibility, they should make sure the hazard lights are flashing. If it is necessary to stop due to snow and public works activities to clear the road, drivers should pull off the roadway.

Some drivers make sure they know of alternative routes to their destinations, and it is always wise to ensure mobile phones are fully charged. Also, people should dress warm and ensure the car is equipped with blankets to keep occupants warm in unanticipated delays, breakdowns or even accidents. Safety authorities advise people remain in their vehicles while they wait for help at such times to avoid being struck by other cars when drivers have limited visibility.

Not all drivers take extra care while driving in hazardous weather conditions on New York roadways, and many avoidable accidents result from negligent or careless driving. Victims of such car accidents can pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. An experienced personal injury attorney can deal with insurance claims and also provide support and guidance throughout legal proceedings in pursuit of financial and emotional damage recovery.

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