Richard and Kristin Holmes, of West Chester, Pennsylvania were killed in a car collision on a snowy road in New York, 11 miles from Utica on December 28. Philly.com reports their car skidded sideways into an oncoming vehicle. Their two daughters were passengers in their vehicle but were not seriously injured. The driver of the other vehicle was also survived the crash.
According to police, both the winter weather conditions as well as speeding contributed to the fatal car crash. Ice, snow, and other weather conditions cause numerous accidents each year in the United States. In 2008, there were 11, 560 car crashes during snow, sleet, or freezing rain, which results in 55 fatalities. When roads were snow covered or slushy that year, it led to 8,190 car accidents. Earlier this week, state police reported numerous car collisions caused by the extremely cold temperatures and severe winds.
When winter storms strike, it is important for all drivers to avoid traveling, if possible. If you must travel, PennDOT recommends keeping a safe distance between cars and driving more slowly. This allows you to be in control of your car and better able to handle slippery spots. You should also remember to have an emergency kit that includes food, water, a shovel and extra clothing.
If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident this winter, be sure to seek the advice of an experienced Pennsylvania car crash lawyer. At Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP our attorneys are highly skilled and will review all the facts surrounding an accident to determine if another’s negligence contributed to the crash. Road and weather conditions are important factors, particularly during this time of the year. Call our law office today for a free consultation.