SYOSSET, NY – June 1, 2020 – According to an online news report from Patch.com, both the Jericho volunteer fire department and the Syosset volunteer fire department were dispatched to a traffic accident along the Long Island Expressway this past weekend. The accident occurred on the Long Island Expressway in Syosset, New York. One person is known to have suffered severe injuries in the accident. The crash happened at approximately Saturday at 3:34 p.m. The Nassau County highway patrol responded to the accident near the west side of South Oyster Bay Road.
According to police and the accident news report, a man driving a Honda smashed into a guard rail after losing control of his car. Law enforcement believes that wet pavement could have caused the car to lose traction and slide into the guard rail. The man sustained injuries, and he was transported to a local area hospital by Jericho Ambulance 9419. Law enforcement investigated the crash and cleared the roadway. Photos of the accident can be found on Patch.com.
As part of our efforts to keep people safe, Parker Waichman LLP offers provides some helpful advice from AAA.com to help drivers stay safe on wet roadways.
Stay Seen – One of the most dangerous situations for motorists is low visibility. Low visibility can lead to catastrophic pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other accidents with serious injuries or fatalities. It is important to make sure your safety equipment such as windshield wipers, headlights, turn signals, and taillights are in working condition. It is also advisable to drive with your headlights on.
Safe Tires – Ensure that your tires have enough tread depth to allow for a better grip of the road while allowing water on the roadways to pass through the tire tread pattern. Always ensure that your tire pressure meets the tire pressure indicated on the tire´s sidewall. It is also advisable to make sure your car´s spare tire is in the trunk, and the tire pressure is as recommended. The cold weather can reduce your tire pressure.
Turn Off Your Car´s Cruise Control – A car moving along on wet roads are at an increased chance of being in an accident when the car’s cruise control is active. A driver must be able to lift his or her foot off of the car’s accelerator at the moment the car begins to lose traction to safely decelerate. This cannot happen when a car is on cruise control.
Leave Room to Stop and Slow Down – Hydroplaning can cause serious accidents because the motor vehicle cannot be effectively stopped or slowed down. It only takes 1/2 of one inch of water on the road to cause a car to hydroplane. New tires or reduced speeds does not guarantee that you are safe from a hydroplaning situation. A car may also hydroplane and cause a serious accident traveling at 35 mph or less.
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