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Slippery Roads a Top Cause for Car Accidents

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Slippery Roads a Top Cause for Car AccidentsNEW YORK – Every year, thousands of drivers hit the roads during a storm without realizing how much it can drastically increase the risk for car accidents.

On average, weather is blamed for over 1.3 million crashes each year.

When a winter storm rolls through your town, drivers may be putting their lives on the line to battle slushy pavement, ice, snow, and rain.

Statistics show slushy pavement can be blamed for 14 percent of weather-related crashes. If there’s slush on the road, the most important tip is to drive extra slow. Many times, the slush can quickly freeze, making stopping and turning much more difficult.

Ice causes about 12 percent of weather-related crashes. Black ice is most dangerous because drivers often don’t realize it’s there. New York car accident attorneys suggest avoiding nighttime driving because it is even more difficult to spot in low-light conditions.

Snow and sleet make up 17 percent of weather-related car accidents. Avoiding the roads altogether is safest when the snow is falling. However, if you must drive, avoid side streets which may not be plowed. Also, it’s important to increase your visibility both in front of the vehicle and behind; that means clearing snow from all your windows.

Snow, sleet and ice are mischievous on the roads but most crashes are due to wet pavement.

Nearly a million accidents happen on wet pavement every year and it becomes extremely dangerous in cold weather when wet pavement can freeze almost instantaneously. New York car accident lawyers know bridges and overpasses freeze faster and suggest avoiding those areas and driving slower.

While you can’t always avoid accidents from happening, following these tips can lower the risk of accidents on the roads.

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