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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Snow Storm Causes 59 Vehicle Pile Up on I-80

How can Pennsylvania drivers protect themselves while driving in winter weather conditions?

A snowstorm recently shut down Interstate-80 in Jefferson County following a 59 vehicle pileup.  Icy and snowy conditions with low visibility were thought to contribute to the massive multiple vehicle accident.  More than a dozen vehicles were crushed in the wrecks, which involved 22 tractor trailers and 37 cars.  Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported.  Emergency responders worked quickly to clean up the roadway and put out a truck fire, allowing I-80 to reopen several hours later. 

Stay Safe Driving This Winter

Pennsylvania and much of the United States is bracing for a harsh winter.  As temperatures drop and slick conditions move in, there are steps you can take to stay safe while driving during the winter months.  Follow these tips below to protect you and your family this winter.

Prepare Your Car

The first thing you can do is prep your vehicle for winter weather.  This includes ensuring your vehicle is in good working order and has tires with plenty of tread, or snow tires if needed in your area.  Be sure all fluids are topped off and windshield wipers are in good condition.  Stock some essentials in your vehicle, such as an ice scraper, water, a snow shovel, and salt. 

Use Caution

Check the weather before setting off and sign up for weather alerts so you do not get stuck in a sudden snowstorm.  When conditions will be bad, stay off the roads as much as possible.  If you need to go out, be sure to clear all snow off your vehicle, lights, and mirrors before leaving.  This will maximize your visibility.  Use extreme caution driving on snowy or icy roads.  Decrease your speed and be on the lookout for black ice, which may appear as a shiny patch on the road.  Be aware that bridges are often the first areas to become icy.  If you are involved in a winter related car accident, contact a Pennsylvania automobile accident lawyer as soon as possible. 


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