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Winter Storms Increase Risk of Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents


January 20, 2019

Winter weather is officially upon us, and inclement conditions can increase the risk of car accidents in your area. Unfortunately, many winter weather events occur in the early morning and evening, when a lot of people are commuting to and from work. Use extra caution every time you have to drive during inclement weather.*

Weather-related traffic accidents cause more deaths in the U.S. every year than natural disasters, like hurricanes and tornadoes. More than 20 percent of all vehicle accidents in the country involve inclement weather. About 5.8 million crashes happen in the country every year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and around 1.2 million of those are related to weather. 

Every year, more than 5,300 people are killed in car accidents caused by weather events in the U.S., which represents around 16 percent of all annual traffic accident fatalities. Another 418,000 people are injured every year in inclement weather car crashes. Visibility issues and slick or wet roadways cause the majority of these types of accidents. 

The recent winter storm that affected many parts of the United States is a reminder that weather can pose great danger to motorists. Vehicle accidents rose significantly in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic, and southern regions of the U.S., as rain, freezing rain, and snow fell onto numerous states. The weather events are responsible for several people’s deaths, as well. 

If inclement weather strikes your area, do everything you can to stay home. For many people, missing work is not possible, so drivers commuting during winter weather events need to ensure their safety and others’ by using extreme caution. Check the tread on your tires, put chains on your tires in major snow events, turn on your headlights, keep your eyes on the road, and take things slow. 

Accident News is an archive of select accidents designed to alert and educate drivers, to help them avoid the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes.  If you or a family member are injured in an accident, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.  For more information about Montlick & Associates’ award-winning public service programs click here.  

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*This blog is intended to provide the public with news concerning serious automobile accidents and related stories. Although we are receiving this information from news organizations, sometimes initial reports are different from conclusions reached by law enforcement personnel and other organizations. Therefore, the accuracy of the content is not guaranteed. This information published here is based on information that has already been reported by a news organization, or other sources, but if it pertains to you or your family and you do not wish for it to be on our website, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to remove it.

Source:https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/weather-fatalities-car-crashes-accidents-united-states

Category: Auto Accidents

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