Personal Injury Blog

Why New Jersey Roads are Dangerous During the Winter Months

The roads during the winter months in the Northeast of the United States can be dangerous, and winter conditions lead to many car accidents and related injuries. If you have been in a car accident, it can challenge your ability to live your normal life and to work and support your family. Always receive the medical care you need first, then speaking with an experienced attorney will help to ensure that you collect proper compensation from liable parties.

An experienced car accident lawyer from Leonard Legal Group is standing by to answer any questions you might have, evaluate your rights, and help you pursue the best possible outcome in your injury claim.

Do Your Best to Ensure Safe Winter Driving

In New Jersey, snow and ice are regular occurrences throughout the winter months and can lead to accidents for a variety of reasons. When the roads are snowed over or icy, it is important to drive slowly - at or below the posted speed limit - to ensure that you can drive safely and adjust to changing road conditions.

Icy road conditions lead to an estimated 500 fatalities in the United States each year. Making sure to keep sufficient distance between vehicles is essential to ensure that stopping is possible despite snow and ice. Driving safely is an essential activity when it comes to the winter months in New Jersey, and drivers are held responsible for their actions. However, as safe or slow as you might drive in wintery conditions, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, and they might still crash into your vehicle and cause injuries.

An additional factor to take into account with the winter weather is the snow and ice piled on the roof of your car. In New Jersey, it is required by law that motorists clean the snow and ice from their vehicle completely before driving, especially the hood, windows, and roof. When a motorist fails to do so, they are breaking the law and face fines of $25 to $75 per offense. If flying ice from a vehicle causes property damage or injury to others, motorists are fined between $200 to $1,000 per offense.

When you have been in an accident caused by another driver’s carelessness in winter conditions, you should be entitled to damages for your losses. A lawyer can determine whether a driver violated winter weather driving laws or was otherwise negligent and at fault for your injuries and losses.

Connect with a New Jersey Car Accident Attorney Today

Car accidents can put your entire life on hold, and if you do not collect your full damages, a crash can cost you a great deal of out-of-pocket expenses over the long term. An experienced car accident attorney knows what your injuries are worth and how to seek compensation for you. Scott Leonard is a board-certified civil trial attorney for over 25 years has handled thousands of car crash cases and can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. Reach out to Leonard Legal Group to schedule a consultation to discuss your case now.