Snow Related Car Accidents in New Jersey
Nationally, snowfall causes 17% of weather related crashes and 4% of total vehicle crashes. Snow and slush on the roads also contributes to 14% of weather related crashes and approximately 538 crash fatalities annually. New Jersey drivers are no stranger to snowy conditions, so if you were involved in this type of crash, get in touch with one of our attorneys to discuss your rights and options for recovering financial compensation.
How Snow Makes Driving Dangerous
There are many reasons why snowy conditions make driving dangerous. Three of the main ones are listed below.
It decreases visibility
The heavier the snow, the worse the visibility. When visibility is low, it can be difficult to detect when drivers around you are braking or changing lanes, so lowering speed is recommended.
It makes it difficult to maintain traction
Any kind of precipitation on the road can make it difficult for tires to disperse the water and maintain traction with the road. This becomes even more difficult when tire tread is worn down. Drive slow, avoid abrupt maneuvers, and make sure to change/rotate your tires consistently.
It increases the chance of stop-and-go traffic
According to the Federal Highway Administration, even light snow can reduce the average speed by up to 13%. Decreased speeds often accompany stop-and-go traffic, so stay alert and undistracted to avoid rear-end collisions.
Average Annual Snowfall in New Jersey
The average annual snowfall in North Jersey can reach up to 14.5 days per year, depending on the city being measured. South Jersey sees fewer days of snowfall, about 8.7 days. These days of snowfall result in up to 28 inches of snow.
Contacting a New Jersey Auto Accident Lawyer
Were you or a loved one involved in a snow-related car accident? We invite you to get in touch with the accident attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. We are your neighbors, with eight office locations throughout the state to serve you. Make us your lawyers as well. Call us for a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win!