Winter can be a dangerous time to be out driving on the roads. Sleet, freezing rain, snow, ice and other winter weather can create significant accident risks. A recent study points to Pennsylvania being among the most dangerous places in the U.S. when it comes to winter driving.
The study looked at federal data to see how many traffic fatalities related to winter weather occurred in each state between 2013 and 2017, ranking the states based on the total. It found that Pennsylvania had 197 winter-related traffic deaths over the 2013-2017 period. This was the second highest total in the entire country behind Michigan with 282 deaths.
What road in Pennsylvania sees the most winter-related motor vehicle accident deaths? According to the study, I-80 saw the most fatalities with 12 deaths occurring on the interstate during the sampled time period.
Given the dangerous conditions that can arise on Pennsylvania's roads over winter, it is very important for drivers to practice safe winter driving habits. In a recent post, we went over some safety tips for driving during this potentially treacherous season.
As winter weather can raise unique traffic safety concerns, winter-related traffic accidents can raise unique issues for victims when pursuing compensation as evidence related to road and weather conditions can take on a particularly high level of importance in motor vehicle accident cases. Skilled attorneys can help of victims of winter car crashes in Pennsylvania address the issues unique to their case.
If you find yourself injured in a car crash due to bad weather conditions, contact our attorneys for assistance.