For millions of Americans living on the east coast, the recent blizzard hit hard. It was believed that up to 85 million people were affected by everything from work, school and business shutdowns, mandatory evacuations, major flooding and even the decision by officials in New York City to shut down mass transportation and completely prohibit road travel as of 2:30pm on a recent Saturday.
While this may have been a nuisance to some and potentially an overreaction, the reality is that the storm left residents and local workers cleaning up throughout the weekend when the storm hit and into the next week. While some drivers were less fortunate by getting stranded in at least three states for hours while the storm rolled in, proactive measures inevitably saved lives. The decision saved many drivers from the potential of being involved in a serious accident.
The city-wide shutdown also caused a ripple effect. Many businesses were unable to stay staffed and had to close, keeping pedestrians and workers off the streets during the heart of the storm. This too meant fewer accidents and injuries for city residents.
Serious motor vehicle accidents or even slips and falls due to winter conditions can cause significant injuries and lengthy and expensive rehabilitation that may affect a victim's ability to work or maintain a normal lifestyle. Disabling injuries that are expected to last at least a year, or ultimately end in death, are covered under the Social Security Disability benefits program, if the person has also earned enough work credits to qualify.
Source: CNN WIRE, "Monstrous winter storm shuts down New York City," Jan. 23, 2016