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Winter weather hazards include deadly highway pile-ups

If you have lived in New York for any length of time, you already understand the inconveniences you face on the roads each winter, not to mention the dangers. Ice, snow and fog can cause even the most careful driver to get into an accident. At Bendall & Mednick, we are aware that the cold-weather dangers posed to Schenectady residents are especially severe on nearby highways.

A catastrophic accident that occurred last February in Pennsylvania illustrates the serious risk you and others can face this winter. ABC News reported that approximately 50 cars were involved in a massive pile-up on Interstate 78, caused by drifting snow and wind. As a result, numerous people became trapped in their vehicles, at least 46 people were taken to the hospital and three were killed.

Collisions with large trucks may be especially devastating on icy roads. Many drivers fail to adjust their speed in poor weather conditions. Pile-ups can occur as a domino effect when a vehicle slides or traffic slows down and others are unable to stop in time. If you are involved in a pile-up with one or more big rigs, you can imagine the potential consequences. This is a major reason why, as we have pointed out in previous posts, drivers must be cautious and slow down in adverse weather.

Determining fault in a multi-vehicle collision may be complex to sort out and require sound legal counsel. You may learn more about interstate collisions and other serious crashes by visiting our page on interstate accidents.

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