A 20-car pileup blocked the Grand Island Bridge near Niagara Falls, resulting in at least 10 injuries, according to recent reports. There were a total of 56 cars removed from the bridge, and the crash closed Interstate 90 for nearly four hours. New York State Police are investigating the cause of the crash, and suspect that at least one driver was traveling at unsafe speeds for the snowy conditions. It was also reported that ambulances had a difficult time reaching the wounded due to a number of accidents in the area.
Weather Conditions Can Contribute To Crash Numbers
Weather conditions are often contributing factors to crashes that cause injuries or death. According to the United States Department of Transportation, wind, precipitation, fog and pavement conditions all play a role in the number of crashes in any given area.
Weather conditions usually contribute to crashes in one of two ways: by reducing visibility or by changing the coefficient of friction of the pavement. When drivers have difficult seeing ahead, they become more likely to have to slam on brakes to avoid an accident; at high speeds, this can lead to skids and other problems. Additionally, wet or icy pavement may contribute to the tendency to skid or lose control of the vehicle.
However, even when weather is a contributing factor, it is still the responsibility of the driver to avoid a crash. When a driver skids on icy roads or travels too fast for conditions, he or she may still be liable for damages if a crash results.
What Should I Do If I Am The Victim of a Weather-Related Car Accident?
Do not assume that just because you suffer injuries from a weather-related car crash that you cannot collect compensation. In fact, it is very likely if someone else caused your crash that you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills, lost wages, increased living expenses and sums for pain and suffering.
The personal injury attorneys at the Fitzgerald Law Firm in New York may be able to help. For many years, we have represented victims of all types of accidents and have navigated the complicated field of no-fault insurance claims, injury lawsuits and other claims resulting from these crashes. Whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian, we may be able to help you if you have suffered injuries in a car crash. Contact us today for a free consultation.