Major weather events in Broome County and throughout New York threaten the lives of everyone out on the roads, regardless of how experienced the drivers are. For that reason, safety authorities remind drivers each year of the hazards posed by rain, snow and black ice on the roadways. These conditions led to almost 40 car accidents in in the county on a recent Friday morning during the extreme adverse weather.
According to the Broome County Emergency Services Director, 911 received about 300 emergency calls during the morning rush hour on that day. Many drivers were caught unawares by ice on the roads, and multiple motorists found themselves stranded. When drivers fail to maintain control of their vehicles, the lives of others in the vicinity are at risk.
Although the report made no mention of serious accidents or injuries, driving in bad weather requires caution. Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions, but drivers must adjust their speed to the road conditions. Furthermore, increased following distances could prevent rear-end collisions, many of which cause life-changing injuries.
Victims of car accidents in Broome County might face high medical costs, lost work time and other damages such as pain and suffering. If another driver’s negligence was to blame, an injured victim might have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief. The sensible way in which to navigate civil lawsuits is with the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Legal counsel can assist with gathering evidence to establish negligence, and documenting the economic and noneconomic damages.