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Do You Know How the Weather Affects New Jersey Roads?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 9, 2015

Bad Weather TravelIn summer, New Jersey drivers often breathe a sigh of relief.  Without snow or ice in the way, driving should be clear and predictable – right?

In fact, all types of weather events can affect New Jersey roads.  Although the ice and snow are currently out of the picture, rain, fog, high winds, and high temperatures can all affect not only your ability to drive safely, but also the condition of the roads.  Here are some of the ways weather affects the roads, according to the Federal Highway Administration:



Air temperature and humidity changes can affect how road surfaces moves, buckles, or “grips” tires.  In extremely hot weather, the friction between your tires and the roadway changes.  Cracks or potholes can also become worse, increasing the risk of an accident or vehicle damage.

Wind speed can affect driver visibility.  It can also blow debris into the roadway, forcing drivers to slow down, swerve, or stop – all of which might lead to an accident in the wrong situation.  Some vehicles are more difficult to control in high winds.

Heavy rain or hail from summer storms may reduce visibility, lead to slippery pavement, or cause vehicle damage or injuries to those who are out in the weather.  Road surfaces, signals, and traffic signs might also be damaged, knocked down, or become unreadable, which could result in an accident.

Road conditions can play a role in many kinds of car accidents and roadway injuries.  An experienced New Jersey car accident attorney like the team at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you determine what happened and pursue the compensation you deserve.  Contact us today for a confidential consultation.

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