What happens when winter weather becomes a factor in your recent car accident? Pennsylvanians should be aware that in the past, Pennsylvania ranked in the top five states for the most fatal car accidents during winter weather conditions. Between 2011 and 2015, according to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Pennsylvania averaged about 65 fatal car accidents during the winter months, ranking as number three in the nation. Additionally, the NHTSA stated that the top causes of winter motor vehicle accidents included:
Drivers should not be on the road if there is a travel ban. This will be taken into account when determining fault for a car accident. If you must drive on the road for any reason, some tips for winter driving include:
Some of the common types of negligent driving during the winter months can be attributed to:
Some people may drive too quickly on roadways because they have four-wheel drive. Police may issue tickets at their own discretion when weather is not favorable, therefore, even if drivers were driving under the posted speed limit, if it was too fast for the weather conditions, they may still receive a ticket for unsafe driving. This would be a factor in assigning fault for a car accident.
If you experienced a car accident involving winter weather conditions, the Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. can review your case and help you with the next best steps. We will determine what factors, including weather, contributed to your accident. Located in Pittsburgh, we serve clients throughout western Pennsylvania, including Allegheny County, Lawrence County, and Washington County. For a free consultation, call us at 412-765-1888 or contact us online today.