Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) November 08, 2012
As if the east coast had not been traumatized enough after Hurricane Sandy, they are now facing even more damage. A nor’easter dubbed ‘Winter Storm Athena’ threatens to dump snow and bring high winds to the already devastated area. The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell want to ensure that residents in Jersey and throughout the northeast region are preparing themselves for the potential impacts of this storm, as well as for what this snow will do to our roadways. Several municipalities in New Jersey have ordered evacuations (both voluntary and mandatory), according to ABC,* and Console & Hollawell urge that all residents heed these warnings.
Richard P. Console, Jr., a NJ auto accident lawyer, said that while people are fearful of looting and do not want to have to leave their homes again so soon after being allowed back in, these evacuations are for the safety of all.
“Evacuations are put into effect to protect the wellbeing of residents and those first responders that would have to risk their lives should people not listen to the order,” Console explained. “These evacuations must be adhered to for the safety of all—our state does not need further devastation.”
What’s At Stake?
There are many risks involved with Winter Storm Athena; for one, many are concerned about the already weakened trees. There is also the potential for power outages in addition to the nearly 500,000 people without power in New Jersey and New York, according to ABC.* Another serious risk with Athena is the cold. With so many people without power, and more outages expected, deaths related to cold temperatures could play a large role in this storm. Finally there is the wind. While the storm is not going to be as strong as initially predicted, winds in Jersey and into New York can reach gusts of up to 50 mph, according to ABC.
Nor’easters such as this carry significant hazards even without considering the massive storm that just moved through the reason. Snow levels such as those predicted increase the probability of accidents such as a slip-and-fall on ice or snow and motor vehicle accidents.
It is important for motorists to stay off of the roads during the storm if at all possible. This is especially true in areas that were impacted during Sandy because there is a lot of heavy machinery out there and there is a very strong possibility that more trees will be downed in this storm. Every year approximately 24 percent of the 6,000,000 car accidents that occur in the United States are due to weather conditions such as snow, according to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration.** It is estimated that an average of 7,000 people are killed and another 629,000 are injured due to weather-related motor vehicle accidents.**
The best thing you can do in light of Athena is make safe decisions. Be sure you have enough food and water. If you know of a family that still does not have power and you do, allow them to come stay with you so they can get out of the cold. Stay off the roadways unless it is absolutely necessary for you to drive. This will allow townships the ability to quickly and safely plow and salt the roads as well as to clear any trees that may come down with this storm.
The injury attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have fought for the rights of accident victims throughout New Jersey since 1994. They seek to ensure the public is aware of dangers that can result in injury or death by providing accident avoidance information.