Thick snow on a winter New York road

These Are the New York Roads You Should Avoid During Wintertime

Value Penguin conducted a study to determine which states in the U.S. are the most dangerous for driving during wintertime. Unsurprisingly, New York State makes the top-5 list.

Not all of New York’s roads are seriously dangerous during the winter, but some of them certainly should be avoided during the winter months whenever possible.

Here’s what you need to know:

New York Ranked Third on the List of Deadliest States for Winter Driving

On the list of deadliest states for winter driving, New York State ranks third, only surpassed by Pennsylvania in the second position, and Michigan in number one.

The list ranks the states in the U.S. based on data from 2013 to 2017. During that time period, there were a total of 2,718 fatalities due to winter-related car accidents. Winter-related car accidents are those caused by snow, sleet, or ice on U.S. roads.

The top five states on the list—Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Illinois—accounted for 36% of winter-related driving deaths in the U.S.

New York Data

From 2013 to 2017, there were 183 winter-related driving deaths in New York. The New York City borough of Queens recorded the highest number of winter-related driving deaths of any municipality in the state.

Worst New York Cities for Driving in the Winter

  • New York City - Queens - 7
  • Circleville - 5
  • Rochester - 5
  • Brookhaven - 4
  • Fallsburg - 4

Worst New York Roads for Driving in the Winter

  • SR-104 - 9
  • SR-5 - 7
  • I-90 - 6
  • US-20 - 5
  • Lake Avenue (Rochester, NY) - 4

Driving Safely in Winter Weather

One of the most effective ways to stay safe while driving in winter weather is to modify your driving behaviors. Avoid actions that escalate your chances of being involved in a crash, such as the following:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving

This is wise, not only from a safety perspective but also from a financial perspective. If you are deemed liable for an accident, you could see your insurance rates increase by up to 33%.

Keep in mind that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests you reduce your speed by one-half in snowy conditions.

If you’ve been involved in an accident through no fault of your own as a result of winter weather, you may be owed compensation. Let us see if we can help you recover it.

Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.


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