BUFFALO, N.Y. – Law enforcement has been busy this winter; not necessarily just enforcing the law but responding to traffic crashes as well. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard reported a 35 percent increase in right-angle crashes this winter and many can be blamed on towering snowbanks.
“Drivers can’t see over these snowbanks at some intersections in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “When a driver is turning right, they don’t have the same line of vision they would have during the summer.”
According to Buffalo’s TWC News, the problem is now being handled by the New York State Department of Transportation and county transportation crews. Even though temperatures are now reaching above freezing for the first time in over a month, authorities say the snowbanks are still too high in many areas.
“Buffalo, Rochester and surrounding areas are just now starting to thaw out,” Barnes said. “Even just a little bit of melting snow would’ve helped this winter and those areas just didn’t get it.”
Buffalo car crash attorneys suggest all drivers be a little more careful around intersections until the snow completely melts. For those stopped at a stop sign or turning right at a red light, authorities suggest stopping short then inch the vehicle forward into traffic to give a better line of sight. Other cars should still be on alert for vehicles hidden behind the snowbank at the next intersection.