News reports have been warning of the first big snowstorm of 2014, which
was slated to strike the Northeast right after New Year's Day. New
Jersey is one of the states affected by this snowstorm in the Northeast
region. This calls for a reminder for drivers to use additional caution
as they travel in poor weather conditions.
If you want to know what snowy weather and icy road conditions are capable
of, just take a look at some of the snow- and ice-related
motor vehicle accidents that occurred last month. After a snowstorm struck in mid-December, it
was reported that several trucks jackknifed into a divider around exit
14 near Newark Liberty International Airport. According to
CBS New York, the trucks jackknifed due to the same icy spot on the road, which was
located right before the exit. The accident with the trucks then caused
various other vehicles to collide into each other. The chain of collisions
resulted in one fatality, which occurred after a man at the accident scene
got out of his vehicle and was hit by another car. CBS reported that sleet
had formed on the roadway overnight due to the fact that it had snowed
and then rained.
About a week before this accident occurred,
The Star-Ledger reported that a storm brought down nearly 10 inches of snow in South Jersey,
causing roads to become icy and slick. This resulted in dozens of car
accidents, including an accident in Hunterdon County that resulted in
two fatalities. In that crash, a car went off Interstate 78 east and slammed
into a tree.
While there are accidents that are purely caused by bad weather, there
are also many weather-related accidents in which driver negligence is
also a key factor. For example, one driver might have been driving too
fast for the icy road conditions, causing that driver's vehicle to
go into an
ice spin out and hit another vehicle. If you have been injured in a weather-related
motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else's failure to
use the appropriate level of caution, you can turn to our law firm--Leonard
Law Firm, P.A.--for a high-quality New Jersey personal injury attorney.
Todd Leonard is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney with millions of dollars
in recovery for clients and the firm has over 25 years of experience.
Contact us for help seeking fair compensation after your accident!