New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers: The Impact of Winter Weather on Motor Vehicle Accidents
Study Shows That Wet Pavement is Key Factor in Accidents
In the aftermath of a number of multi-car pileups in snowy conditions in several states, questions have been posed regarding the potential risks of driving in winter weather. Surprisingly, a 10 year study by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), shows that while the vast majority of weather-related truck, car and motorcycle accidents occur when roadways are wet, significantly more crashes happen during rainy weather, as opposed to snowy or icy weather.
In the study, which looked at statistics for the years 2002 through 2012, wet pavement or surfaces was a key factor in nearly three out of four accidents (74%). Four out of five weather-related injuries resulted from wet or slippery roadways, and 77% of weather-related traffic deaths happened on wet pavement.
However, when looking at the percentages of weather-related accidents that occurred in rainy, as opposed to snowy/icy conditions, the study showed that nearly half of all such accidents happened when it was raining, or in the wake of a rainstorm (46%). Less than one-third (29%) of weather-related crashes occurred in snowy or icy conditions.
Officials contend, though, that these numbers can be a little misleading. Because they look at statistics nationwide, they don’t accurately account for the fact that many states in the south seldom, if ever, have to deal with snowy or icy conditions. Furthermore, the statistics look at the year as a whole. Even in many places in the far north, snowy or icy conditions are not present for more than about three to four months per year.
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