New Jersey and other northeastern states have recently been hit by a rare October snow storm. New Jersey’s snowbound roadways have seen a number of injury and fatal car accidents over these last few days. As we head into winter, it is a good time to refresh our memories about dealing with adverse weather and unsafe roadway conditions and the steps that New Jersey motorists can take to drive safely in cold and wintry conditions.
First and foremost, you should never get on the road without first clearing your windows of all ice and snow. Visibility is the key to driving safely during the winter. In fact, it may not be wise to drive at all during a winter storm. If you can avoid going out in inclement weather, please do so. Check the weather conditions before getting in your car. If you do have to drive, remember to keep your headlights on, stay on roadways that get cleared often, and keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
All motorists should remember that it is not always possible to see ice on the roadway. It is also important to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter. Brakes should be checked, defrosters should be tested, wiper blades should be replaced, and anti-freeze levels should be monitored. Also, drivers should not allow their gas tank to get too close to empty during the coldest nights of the year.
The experienced NJ car crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein hope you and yours stay safe during this upcoming winter season. If you or a loved one is injured in a New Jersey car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact our law offices at (609) 240-0040 to better understand your legal rights and options.