BUFFALO, N.Y. – Many Western New Yorkers are still feeling the effects of freezing rain that turned the region into a giant hockey rink Tuesday evening. It made drivers think twice about a night-time commute but authorities say the weather was a factor in dozens of car crashes.
Car crashes alone injured at least three children and one adult in several pile-up collisions Tuesday night, according to the Buffalo News. Ice-caked roads were a factor in the crashes but a Buffalo car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says drivers must adjust to the conditions in order to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
“Freezing rain can be difficult to navigate and it creates the very dangerous ‘black ice’ in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Even at slow speeds, black ice can make the roads dangerous so it’s important for drivers to leave extra stopping distance.”
In Hamburg, more than 30 cars piled-up on Milestrip Road near an I-90 exit. Police said even as they were responding, more vehicles were crashing.
Driving in steep areas caused other pile-ups, including a 14-car crash off the Skyway in downtown Buffalo.
“Once a car is moving down a hill, it is very difficult to stop in icy conditions,” Barnes said. “That’s why drivers should be familiar with the terrain and avoid hilly roadways if possible.”
Buffalo car accident lawyers say although weather be a major factor in car crashes, most drivers can avoid a crash if they are safely operating their vehicles.
If you’ve been injured in an icy crash, Cellino & Barnes offers free case evaluations. Contact a Buffalo car accident attorney today to get started.