This year’s weather has been the cause of some horrific multi-car accidents. We have witnessed scenes where cars have had to simply be abandoned on the road. Freakish weather literally closed down many roadways. Pileups in Pennsylvania have caused delays, injuries and deaths. Sadly, these are not isolated instances.
Every year we hear about these massive pile-ups, some due to fog, and some due to driver error or alcohol. In terms of weather, many who get involved in these accidents feel like there is little they can do. They may be traveling at high speeds when visibility is quickly limited or road conditions rapidly deteriorate. Suddenly, they come upon a situation where there is little choice but try to minimize their damage.
Multiple car accidents in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania injure thousands annually, many of them weather related. How can you be prepared to avoid these high speed accidents? Here is a list of 8 ways you can avoid multi-vehicle accidents.
- Be acutely aware of the road conditions. Road conditions can change by the minute. What is wet weather in one county can turn to ice in another. Test your grip but touching your brakes occasionally. Watch for ice on bridges and overpasses. Keep an eye out for sticking snow and ice crystals on your windshield.
- Move with the general flow of traffic. If those ahead and around you seem to be slowing, you may be wise to slow down with them. It is better to slow with the flow of traffic until you can better determine the cause for the slower pace. It may be an accident or emergency vehicle ahead, or even a disabled vehicle. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean there isn't a problem ahead.
- Better to be the first driver to slow down than the last. If you are uncomfortable with the speed you are traveling due to weather conditions or traffic, move over to the right hand lanes and slow down. Someone needs to be the first to recognize that road conditions are deteriorating and it just might be you.
- Don't make sudden moves in inclement conditions. Make sure you signal any lane changes and give those around you plenty of time to react. Don't brake too hard or accelerate too fast. Make sure those around you know of your intentions.
- Give you and your fellow drivers plenty of space. Multiple car accidents happen many times because there is insufficient time for drivers to react. Leave enough space between you and the driver in front of you so you can stop securely if they should stop quickly.
- Consider traveling in the outside lanes. In heavy traffic, those in the outside lanes may have the option of pulling off to the side in a sudden stop of traffic. This is far preferable to hitting the vehicle in front of you.
- If one lane of a freeway is very slow or stopped, you can anticipate problems in the other lanes. Rare are freeway problems isolated to a single lane. Problems in one lane will cause drivers to change lanes, sometimes rapidly and without warning. If you see a lane you are not traveling in slowing or stopping, you will want to act accordingly. Anticipate slowed drivers moving into your lane.
- Be courteous. In high traffic areas and when weather becomes an issue it is extremely important for drivers to recognize there are potential problems ahead. It is critical to be patient and have more concern for safety than time. Losing 10 or 15 minutes on your trip is far preferable to getting involved in an accident or pile up.
Multiple car accidents on Pennsylvania highways are far too prevalent and cause far too many injuries. By taking some simple steps and using defensive driving skills you can minimize your chances of being involved. If you do experience an injury in multi-car accident, contact our motor vehicle accident lawyers in Philadelphia.
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