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Remember to Drive Safely During the Winter Season

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 11, 2017

This time of year is a time for family gatherings, homecomings, and reunions of friends and loved ones. That also means that this is a time of heavy travel, with people often driving long distances. The streets and highways of New Jersey will be filled with winter revelers as they return home or attend celebrations.

The increased traffic, combined with the inclement weather that is typical of this time of year, leads to a significant spike in the number of accidents and collisions. If you want to avoid having your holidays ruined by a tragic car accident, it’s imperative that you take extra precautions as you hit the roadways this year.

Unfortunately, no matter how safe a driver you are, sometimes accidents happen anyway. Determining whether an auto collision was purely an accident caused by severe winter conditions or was the fault of another party can be difficult and a number of factors come into play when deciding who was liable.

Driving during the winter can be stressful. New Jersey is often hit with bad weather conditions, including heavy snow, ice, and winds. Couple the bad weather with increased traffic. Commercial traffic increases this time of year as well, as winter shopping leads to more delivery trucks and semis on the road.

There are a number of New Jersey state regulations that might apply to winter motorists. For example, drivers are legally obligated to remove any ice and snow from their vehicles following a storm. If they fail to do so, the snow and ice can cause property damage and injury when it’s blown off a vehicle, or obstruct the driver’s vision, leading to a crash. Fines can range from $25 to $1,000, depending on whether any damage was involved, with commercial vehicles subject to even higher fines.

Other causes of winter accidents include:

  • Decreased visibility
  • Loss of control due to patches of snow, slush, or ice
  • Freezing rain
  • High winds
  • Reckless driving
  • Driver fatigue

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you reach out to an attorney who has a proven record of success with personal injury cases. It can be extremely difficult to prove negligence in accidents that involve bad weather and/or commercial vehicles. Oftentimes the responsible party might be the government agency responsible for maintaining the roads or a manufacturer of a defective part.

The experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has the knowledge and resources necessary to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to helping our clients receive all the compensation they deserve and making sure they obtain justice. Contact us today at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free consultation.

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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