The good news about the arrival of spring in White Plains and the broader New York City metro area is that we will likely not be seeing much more snow and ice for the next several months. On the other hand, there will now be plenty of rain to go around.
While drivers might realize that they need to slow down in the snow and ice, they may not think so much about slowing down in the rain. Indeed, a recent post on this blog described a tragic situation in which a motorist was apparently traveling too fast for the rainy weather and wound up killing one person and injuring another person.
A recent report from the American Meteorological Society confirmed that this accident was likely not just an isolated incident. After analyzing data, the report concluded that whenever any type of precipitation is falling, the chance of a fatal car accident increases substantially, by about 34%.
How rapidly the precipitation was falling affected the overall risk. For instance, in thunderstorms or other downpours, the chance of a fatal accident doubled and then some. However, even in a light drizzle, the chances of a fatal accident increased by 27%, certainly not an insignificant number.
While the report offered a number of suggestions motorists and others can take in order to reduce the risk of accidents during bad weather, New York drivers need to remember that, even when there is no snow, they have an obligation to adjust their speed downward to account for less than ideal driving conditions. Doing so means slowing down when the roads are wet or visibility is poor due to rain.
If a driver does not do so and causes an accident, that driver may be held accountable via a personal injury lawsuit.