While most of us are aware that driving on Connecticut roadways in snow could be dangerous, we often fail to acknowledge the other hazards on the road. In addition to snow and ice being the most obvious contributors to some winter New Haven auto accidents, some of these winter related risk factors include:
- Wind speed affects the distance up to which the drivers can see. During winter, snow and dust can hamper visibility and make it difficult for the drivers to identify obstacles and hazards in their path. High wind speed can create lane obstructions by causing the debris to blow onto roadways. These hazards when combined can significantly increase the risk of accidents, because when visibility is impaired, the driver may not be able to see the debris that has been blown into the roadway and may not be able to get out of the way in time.
- Poor visibility due to fog. Fog increases the risk of New Haven auto accidents, because the drivers cannot see obstacles on the roadway.
- Tire pressure is impacted by pavement temperature. Drivers should ensure that their tires are properly inflated to correct pressure levels. This will reduce the chances of a blowout that can cause the car to lose control.
- Excess water. Rain or melting snow can cause roadways to become submerged and pose serious risks when motorists lose traction and control of the cars.
If you or your loved one was injured, and you believe someone else to be at fault, contact our New Haven auto accident attorneys immediately. We will begin an investigation into your case.