Winter driving conditions cause fatal crashes on I-80

Severe weather conditions can be deadly for drivers throughout the northeast during the winter months. An 18-vehicle chain-reaction crash killed two people on Interstate 80 in Western Pennsylvania last week. The multi-vehicle crash involved nine tractor-trailers and nine passenger vehicles.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that visibility was reduced due to whiteout conditions caused by a snow squall. Many personal injury victims were transported to area hospitals with a variety of crash-related injuries from head trauma to broken bones and cuts.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) warns that severe weather can impair visibility when driving, and also affect vehicle traction and maneuverability, presenting a greater risk of car accidents and truck accidents. The FHA reported that on average, there are over 5,870,000 vehicle crashes each year. 23% of these vehicle accidents are weather-related. The 10-year average of weather-related crashes from 2002 to 2012, included more than 541,000 vehicle accidents resulting in 146,650 persons injured and 1,927 crash fatalities.

The personal injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli offer the following tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Make sure your car is winterized and that you have the proper tires for winter driving.
  • Keep your windows clear. Clean off all snow and ice before driving.
  • Use your seat belt at all times.
  • Drive slowly when road surfaces are wet or icy and also in times of poor visibility. Reduce your speed according to conditions.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. On snow or ice-covered roads, you want to increase that distance even more.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly to help you keep traction and avoid skidding.
  • Be very careful around plow trucks; maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the plow truck.

Remember, driving conditions can change rapidly as temperatures drop and roadways begin to freeze. Be cautious and alert at all times.

Fellerman & Ciarimboli have represented hundreds of victims of truck and car accidents. If you have been injured in an accident, call 570-714-HURT for a free consultation.

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