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November 22, 2023 | Car Accidents

New York's Most Dangerous Roadways this Winter

Winter Driving Tips and Ways to Stay Safe on the State’s Deadliest Roads

Winter weather driving in New York can be treacherous. Motorists often contend with snow, rain, black ice, and temperatures that drop well below freezing. If you have to drive this winter, be sure to take some precautionary measures to stay safe on some of the state’s deadliest roadways.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we know the dangers of driving in New York during the cold winter months. Our firm is dedicated to helping those injured or killed in car accidents throughout the city. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients and can help you get the recovery you deserve. 

If you were injured in an auto accident, contact our office at (718) 233-3913 for free legal advice. We proudly serve all five boroughs of NYC.

Is New York Dangerous to Drive in During the Winter?

According to ValuePenguin, New York ranks among the top 5 deadliest states for winter driving. According to their analysis, 36% of all winter driving deaths occurred in only a handful of states.

Deadliest states for winter driving:

  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Ohio 
  • Illinois

New York ranked 3rd in the nation with 183 winter accident fatalities occurring over a four-year period. Icy roads, heavy precipitation, and heavy congestion combine to make the state one of the riskiest to drive in throughout the winter months.

What Are the Worst Roads for Winter Driving?

A few roads are more prone to deadly accidents during the winter when compared with other roadways throughout the state.

Worst roadways in New York during the winter:

  • SR-104
  • SR-5
  • I-90 (Interstate 90)
  • US-20
  • Lake Avenue (Rochester, NY)

While all five boroughs have potentially perilous roads and intersections, Queens had the most winter-driving fatalities compared to the other boroughs. If you are injured in a winter driving accident, it is vital to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Other Dangerous Roadways and Intersections in New York

Inclement weather can make already hazardous roadways even more precarious. Throughout the state, several highways, interstates, and turnpikes are known for their high rate of car accidents.

New York roadways with high rates of accidents and injuries:

  • Taconic State Parkway 
  • Interstate 81 (I-81)
  • Interstate 87 (I-87)
  • Interstate 95 (I-95)
  • Woodhaven Boulevard (Queens)
  • Hylan Boulevard (Staten Island)
  • Hempstead Turnpike
  • Niagara, Falls Boulevard
  • Upper Broadway (Manhattan)

In an auto accident, there may be one or more contributing factors. Even if you believe you were partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible to file a claim for damages. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. It is essential that you act quickly to protect your right to recovery.

How Can I Stay Safe on the Road this Winter?

For New Yorkers, winter driving may be unavoidable. If you have to get on the road during snow, sleet, or rain, be sure to prepare ahead for your trip. 

Before you travel, be sure to complete a winter weather check on your vehicle. By having your car serviced for winter weather (winterized) at the dealer or by a licensed mechanic, you can help avoid disaster on the road.

You may also want to consider packing an emergency kit in your vehicle. The more prepared that you are for adverse weather conditions, the safer you will be in the event of an accident. 

What Is a Winter Weather Check?

A winter weather check involves getting your vehicle serviced at a dealership or auto mechanic to ensure that it is in proper working order in the event of poor weather. Also referred to as winterizing, the service will include several checks on nearly every aspect of your vehicle.

A winter weather check may include:

  • Checking the tread and pressure of your tires;
  • Battery check test;
  • A thorough inspection of your brakes, belts, and hoses;
  • Wiper blade replacement;
  • Wiper fluid refill and de-icer;
  • Oil check and replacement; and
  • A check of your headlights, brake lights, emergency flashers, and more.

Because winter weather can be unpredictable, it is a good idea to perform a winter safety check as early in the season as possible. 

What Should I Have in my Car for a Winter Emergency?

All New York motorists should have a winter emergency kit in their car in case they break down or are involved in a collision. Winter weather can present challenges for emergency vehicles meaning that individuals may have to wait for assistance. 

Having warm blankets, water, food, and a fully charged cell phone can help ensure that you stay safe after a crash. You should also have jumper cables and a flashlight on hand. Finally, it is wise to carry abrasive material such as sand or cat litter to help give you traction if you become stuck.

Final Safety Tips for Winter Weather Driving

In addition to getting your vehicle winterized and packing an emergency kit, there are a few more tips for avoiding disaster.

Safety tips for driving during the winter:

  • Always keep your tank at least ½ full
  • Never warm your vehicle with the garage door closed
  • Drive slowly and do not follow too closely
  • Clear the exhaust pipe before you start up your engine
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly

Braking on icy roads can be difficult. If you do lose traction, steer in the direction of the skid. Always allow plenty of time to get where you need to go so that you are not in a rush and never drive while impaired or distracted.

Injured in a Winter Accident? Get Free Legal Advice.

If you were injured in a winter-related car accident, contact Ajlouny Injury Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (718) 233-3913 to discuss your case with an experienced NYC car accident lawyer. There are never any attorney’s fees unless we win! Call today to get started.

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