Legal News Archive by Area: Snow & Ice Accidents
February 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
As frigid temperatures swept the Midwest and Northeast on the last few days of January, the risk of snow squalls increased. Snow squalls are smaller, localized storms with brief heavy snowfall and winds. Much smaller scale than blizzards, the swift onset of snow squalls can lead to more traffic accidents than more widespread and sustained storms.
Continue Reading: Snow Squalls Pose Traffic Accident Risk
January 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Icy roads are a regular occurrence in much of the State of New York, particularly Upstate where frigid conditions can persist for weeks. Though plows and a healthy dose of road salt will clear the roads over time, being prepared to drive in difficult conditions is important. One of the best ways to prepare for icy roads is to purchase a vehicle that performs well in those conditions, and consider purchasing aftermarket upgrades that improve the performance.
Continue Reading: Vehicle Types and Upgrades to Improve Winter Driving Safety
November 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Public transportation is the heart of New York City. Each day, millions of New Yorker’s rely on the subway and bus system to get to where they are going, whether that be school or work of just for social calls. One of the city’s most important responsibilities to its people is to keep all of these pieces moving as much as possible.
Continue Reading: New York Public Transportation Fails in Snow
December 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Most Americans are familiar with the term “black ice,” though many do not differentiate between black ice and other forms of ice on roadways. During winter months, it is common in many areas for thick layers of ice to develop, but these are not black ice because they are more clearly visible to the human eye. Black ice is a thin layer of clear ice, which allows the color of the road to come through, making it much more difficult to spot.
Continue Reading: Black Ice Poses Accident Risk for Holiday Travel
March 20, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The Governor of New Mexico is very lucky, even if she doesn’t feel that way after a ski accident on March 7th left her with an injured knee and some political trouble in her home state. She’s fielding questions from reporters as she recovers.
Continue Reading: Ski Accidents Cover the Range from New Jersey to Colorado
December 15, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The official start of winter is not until December 21, but New York City is already dealing with below freezing temperatures and even lower wind chill numbers. While New Yorkers are concerned with trying to stay warm, they also need to focus on the dangerous conditions this type of weather brings, whether they are on the road or on the sidewalk.
Continue Reading: Snow, Ice and Freezing Temperatures are a Recipe for Accidents
January 25, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The east coast just experienced one of the worst snow storms in history with record breaking amounts of snow in multiple states. New York City was only 0.1 of an inch from tying the highest snow total Central Park has ever seen. The snow may have stopped falling but the cleanup is continuing. While having a clear path to walk on the sidewalk is helpful at this time, it is also a responsibility for property owners or municipalities to remove snow and ice in an effort to protect the public from any type of slip and fall injury.
Continue Reading: Avoiding Sidewalk Injuries While Cleaning Up After a Major Snow Storm
January 13, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Experts predicted a particularly powerful El Niño this year, and severe weather has been seen all over the country. This El Niño, the strongest since the late nineties, brought increased precipitation in many areas, as well as sudden shifts in weather patterns that caused a variety of major issues for homeowners, travelers, and truckers.
Continue Reading: El Nino and Travel Accidents
April 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Daily inspection doesn’t make old machinery any newer. The best technicians in the world can only do so much to keep decaying equipment functioning. And yet many businesses continue to use old technology, even in situations where malfunction could cost people their lives.
Continue Reading: Snow and Ice Accidents: Snow Crumble
February 04, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Cities and towns across the nation are finally getting it right. After years and years of children getting injured in sledding accidents in municipal parks and on other public property, city councils and other organizations are finally paying attention and putting an end to this dangerous activity. No longer will children be allowed to put themselves and others at risk for the sake of a few thrills.
Continue Reading: Snow & Ice Accidents: On the Right Track
February 03, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
We hear of accidents and injuries again and again when it comes to any type of severe weather conditions. We remind ourselves how to travel in snow and ice—conditions that are tangible. However, we do not often think of how slick the roads can become during these storms. After all, we cannot avoid the road, and we are busy paying attention to avoid other distractions. How does driving on slick roads differ from other types of road conditions, and what can you to do keep yourself safe?
Continue Reading: The Roads are Slick: Knowing What To Do Can Prevent Accidents
January 31, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Rigorous training started months and years ago for many of the athletes we’ll see in the Winter Olympics games in Sochi this February. From Lindsay Vonn’s recurring knee injuries, to the tragic accident involving professional speed skier, Michael Schumacher, we know that no matter how skilled an athlete may be, or how long the training may have taken place, an accident in any of these sports could be life threatening. Most of us are not Olympic quality material, nor do we desire to be. We are content enjoying winter sports for what they are, and doing our best to remain injury free. We still test our limits and our talents, however, and too many of us will wind up in the emergency room from a skiing or other accident this year.
Continue Reading: With the Olympics on the Horizon, Accidents May Occur
December 18, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
While winter weather may mean the start of the holiday season, along with the joy of gift giving and family gatherings comes travel on roadways. We do what we can to be with our families even if it means travelling in storms, snow and ice. Sometimes a snowstorm comes with warnings and we are prepared by adding chains to our tires, or stocking up on emergency supplies that we leave in our car. Other times, the wind and and ran is so harsh that it forces us to stop roadway travel while on the road no matter where we are.
Continue Reading: Stranded: What to Do When It Happens to You
December 03, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
While many of us travel to work on a subway or bus, others take to driving their own vehicles to work on a daily basis, often in conditions that make the commute less pleasant. Rainy and snowy weather are difficult enough; when icy conditions are added to the mix, treacherous conditions abound even more. Knowing how to drive in unpleasant weather could be a lifesaver when you are confronted with having to do so. Here are some things to keep in mind when the snow starts to fall.
Continue Reading: Driving in the Snow: Common Sense Could Save Your Life
December 21, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The outdoor pond beckons you again this year, inviting you to take the day off and enjoy the winter surroundings. Year after year, you look forward to seasonal activities like skating, ice-fishing and walking along the perimeter of the pond. You’ve lived in the same place for years, after all, and you’ve trusted the conditions many times. The likelihood of any cracks or holes is almost non-existent. But, this year is different. The weather wasn’t nearly as cold, even though the pond still froze over. You know you’ll be fine, and you proceed with your normal enjoyment - or so you think.
Continue Reading: Are You Skating on Thin Ice?
November 28, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The East Coast and the Midwest are no strangers to weathering the brutal winter storms that invade their regions every year. Icy conditions are treacherous for drivers, pedestrians and those who step out the front door to retrieve the morning paper.
Continue Reading: Don’t Slip Up When It Comes To Icy Conditions
November 26, 2012 | Former NYS Supreme Court Justice Leonard L. Finz
Nature’s fury can be most frightening. It can lash out with a category 3 hurricane leaving thousands in a struggle for survival. It can create a massive tsunami thus creating a towering wave that can uproot houses, bridges, and tractor-trailers, sweeping them away like they were children’s toys. It can shatter hitherto impregnable skyscrapers in a populated city through a giant earthquake that can cause the needle on the Richter scale to fly off the charts. It can produce torrents of rain with such enormous intensity and duration as to build mountainous surges and devastating floods. It can produced winds of such force and magnitude as to literally destroy anything that remains in its path. It can produce blizzards of snow so heavy and deep as to shut down the most urban of cities leaving them isolated and cut-off from any outside contact. And yet, conversely, it can also produce traces of snow and ice however small, but enough to create a dangerous and hazardous condition to a pedestrian who can easily slip, fall, and suffer painful, disabling, and even life threatening injuries.
Continue Reading: The Snow and Ice Case-A Slippery Slope