New Jersey Snow Car Accident Attorney
Weather Related Collision Lawyer in NJ
Winter driving isn’t out of the ordinary for people here in New Jersey, but despite that, there are still millions of winter weather-related accidents a year. Rain, ice, snow and fog can create slippery or unsafe road conditions. A car going too fast may not have enough time to stop on an icy road surface, causing an accident resulting in serious injuries or even death. If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who was not driving appropriately for the weather conditions, the Law Office of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, can help you recover the compensation you need.
Weather Related Crash Statistics
In the United States, there are over 1.5 million weather-related car accidents every year. Many of these were collisions caused by drivers that failed to tread with caution while driving in bad weather. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 24 percent of all annual crashes are weather-related.
- Rain: 707,000 annual crashes
- Snow and sleet: 225,000 annual crashes
- Icy pavement: 190,100 annual crashes
- Fog: 38,000 annual crashes
- Snow or slushy pavement: 168,300 annual crashes
- Wet pavement: 1,128,000 annual crashes
While no amount of money can compensate for permanent injuries or the loss of a loved one, monetary damages can help alleviate the financial hardships associated with medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, rehabilitation, and other losses.
We Hold Negligent Drivers Responsible
Winter is the most treacherous time of year on the New Jersey freeways and interstates. Snowy and icy road conditions contribute to thousands of accidents every winter. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents could be avoided if drivers slowed down and appreciated the danger of snow and ice. At the Law Office of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we hold negligent drivers accountable for weather-related accidents.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), one in every four crashes on U.S. roads each year is weather-related. Many of these are the result of snow, ice, sleet, and other winter driving conditions.
Between 1995 and 2008, the FHA estimates that falling snow and sleet caused 225,000 crashes on average each year. Approximately 870 people lose their lives in these accidents nationwide annually, and another 70,900 are injured. Snow and sleet accumulating on roads, parking lots, and other surfaces also causes damage. Even after snow and sleet have stopped falling, their presence on roadways causes as many as 168,300 crashes each year, taking approximately 620 lives and leaving an additional 47,700 persons injured.
Ice caused by dropping temperatures or freezing rain also causes deaths and injuries. Icy pavement is a common cause of winter driving accidents, especially when water freezes in a way that creates “black ice” that is nearly impossible to see. Each year between 1995 and 2008, an average of 190,100 crashes were caused by icy pavement. These crashes left about 62,700 persons injured throughout the U.S. and were responsible for taking the lives of about 680 drivers and passengers each year. Icy-pavement-related accidents alone account for 13 percent of all weather-related car accidents.
What to do if you’ve been involved in a weather related accident:
- Immediately call for medical help if someone is injured.
- Call the police. They will document the accident and gather facts for legal purposes. If you don’t call the police, it is your word against the other person’s.
- Report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible.
- Exchange information with the other parties involved, such as address and phone number. If it’s a car accident get the license plate number; make, model and year of the vehicle; driver’s insurance information; car registration number; driver’s license number.
- Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses. Keep in mind, if it was a car accident, any passengers involved in the accident are NOT witnesses.
- Take pictures of the accident, damage to the vehicle, and the area around the accident.
- Collect any physical evidence that could have caused the accident.
- Gather details from the accident: draw a diagram of the accident; note the date and time; the type of weather; the location of the accident—including any landmarks.
- Call an attorney. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi send out accident investigators to collect valuable evidence for our clients’ cases.
- Above all remain calm and call for help.
We Know How to Investigate Weather-Related Car Accidents
Proving negligence in a weather-related accident is a complex task. We understand how our opponents think when putting together a case. We know that they will try to disprove negligence and put the blame on the weather.
Our New Jersey car accident attorneys will immediately conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident. We will interview witnesses to determine if the other driver was speeding or failed to keep a safe distance between cars when unsafe conditions existed. Additionally, we will use our in house accident reconstruction experts to verify what happened at the time of the accident. We know how to investigate a weather-related case to get the information we need. You can count on us to find out what happened and to take action on your behalf.
Free Consultation — No Fee Unless We Succeed
The Law Office of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are New Jersey’s trusted personal injury law firm. Our dedicated auto accident attorneys have years of experience in skillfully handling car accident injury cases. We are committed to providing outstanding legal results for every client we serve. Call (212) 543-1600 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey weather-related accident attorney. We advance all the costs necessary, and we use the very best experts for your case.