Snow and Ice on the road make for dangerous conditions as is, but a man involved in a minor car accident on the PA Turnpike decided to get out of his car and it cost him his life, not to mention the domino effect of a 50 car pileup thereafter.
On December 8, 2013 the Philadelphia area got about 8 inches of snow and ice dropped on the area, making driving conditions difficult to say the least. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration:
- On average, there are over 6,301,000 vehicle crashes each year. Twenty-four (24) percent of these crashes—approximately 1,511,000—are weather-related. Weather-related crashes are defined as those crashes that occur in adverse weather (i.e., rain, sleet, snow, and/or fog) or on slick pavement (i.e., wet pavement, snowy/slushy pavement, or icy pavement). On average, 7,130 people are killed and over 629,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year. (Source:Fourteen-year averages from 1995 to 2008 analyzed by Noblis, based on NHTSA data). (see //www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm)
The best way to avoid a car accident in snow and ice is simple: don’t drive in snow and ice. Sometimes we have no choice and are forced to go out in less than ideal conditions; if that is the case and you are involved in a car accident, safety should be your number 1 concern. As the death of the PA driver who started the chain reaction of car crashes tells you, do NOT get out of your car and walk in the roadway – moving your vehicle to safety and clearing the roadway should be your priority. Some car accidents are more severe than others, in those instances, stay in your car, turn on your emergency blinkers, call the police and wait for help to arrive. The careless act of getting out of his car after an accident on the PA turnpike cost this man his life, do not make the same mistake.