A 78-year-old woman died in a car accident on Long Island.
The 2007 Kia driven by Marylou Pinto, 78, apparently crossed over to the opposite lane on North Country Road in Mount Sinai, New York, according CBS News (12.8.13). The car then collided with a 1997 Lexus going the other way.
Pinto was pronounced dead at the hospital. The woman in the other car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The weather may have contributed to the accident. A wintry mix of precipitation had recently caused slippery roads in the area.
Drivers Advised to Use Caution to Prevent Auto Accidents
All drivers should be cautious about traveling in extreme winter weather. Rain, snow, ice and other winter driving conditions significantly affect the way a vehicle handles.
The Perecman Firm offers the following tips for driving safely in freezing conditions.
- Drive more slowly. Driving too fast is a top cause of accidents in winter conditions. The faster a car is going, the longer it takes for it to stop.
- Leave extra space between vehicles. Vehicles on slick and snowy roads take extra time and extra distance to come to a stop.
- Watch out for black ice. If the road looks like it will be slippery, it probably will be.
- Stay in control. Do not use the accelerator and do not shift gears if you skid on ice. If you skid and are going off the road, try to steer the vehicle towards something that will minimize the damage, like an empty area.
- Maintain visibility. Clear off all snow and ice from your windows and roof. During adverse weather driving, being able to see is critical.
- Pay attention to what other drivers are doing. Watching the movements of other vehicles may alert you to problems more quickly, giving you more time to react safely.
New York accident lawyers and weather related accidents
Many drivers are surprised to learn that the weather cannot be blamed for an accident. A driver is considered to be at fault if he or she causes a car accident on an icy road or during a snowstorm. Drivers who choose to venture out in adverse weather conditions are responsible for their actions. They have a duty to drive safely.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in which bad weather was a factor in New York, you should contact an experienced auto accident lawyer who can investigate the facts of the accident and work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.