Driving in Dangerous Conditions: Does Snow Impact Whether I’ll be Liable?


Winter weather has descended on us in the Mid-Hudson Valley and can create dangerous driving conditions.  While drivers are not responsible for the weather conditions, they are responsible for how they are operating their vehicle while driving in these dangerous conditions.  People who have been injured in Hudson car accidents that occurred during inclement weather should contact a personal injury attorney to determine whether they can recover for their injuries and damages.

Even if you are diving with great care during inclement weather, you still cannot control how other drivers are driving.  Accidents can result in medical expenses, lost income, lost wages, lost time from work, and can cause serious and life-threatening injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or even death. 

When seeking compensation for your injuries in cases that involve snow, ice, and other weather conditions, your experienced Hudson car accident attorney will use Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1180.  Under this provision, “[n]o person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under conditions and having regard for to the actual and potential hazards then existing.”  The section also states that except when there are special hazards that exist that require a lower speed or when there is a maximum speed limit established, “no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of 55 mph.”  Additionally, it is expected that drivers will “drive at an appropriate reduced speed . . . when any special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians, or other traffic by reason of weather, or highway conditions.”

It is expected that while driving, drivers will maintain control their vehicle, even in severe winter weather.  While driving they need to be aware of the conditions on the road and adjust their driving speed to suit those conditions.  Inclement weather can cause conditions that result in accidents.  These conditions include diminished visibility and reduced traction because of heavy snow, sleet, and strong winds.  In addition to being aware of the weather conditions, drivers need to aware of how other drivers are driving.  Bad weather is not an excuse for causing a car accident.

During winter storms, people should avoid driving in stay indoors.  However if it is necessary that you go out be sure to use extreme caution while driving.  Drive slowly, avoid aggressive braking or steering, and double your following distance.

The attorneys at Greenberg and Greenberg handle car accident cases throughout New York State, including Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, and Albany County.  Our legal team has earned a reputation for dedicated service to our clients injured in New York personal injury accidents.  Please contact us today to receive a free case evaluation by dialing locally to 518-828-3336 or call toll free at 877-469-9300.