Two 60-year-olds from Denver were driving west on I-70 east of Denver. The driver lost control of her Nissan Pathfinder. It crashed into a semi-truck, killing both the driver and the passenger. After the collision, the truck broke through the median. The truck driver, a man from Missouri, did not sustain injuries in the truck accident. Police say that the truck driver will likely not face charges for the accident.
Avoiding Winter Car Accidents
Photos from the accident show that plenty of snow covered I-70 on Thursday, December 20, the day of the accident. It is easy to lose steering control in harsh weather conditions, even for SUVs like the Pathfinder. Here are some ways you can avoid accidents if you begin to lose control on a snowy road:
- React with slow, steady motions. If your vehicle starts to spin out, slamming on the brakes or jerking the wheel can make the situation worse.
- Do not use cruise control. Cruise control is useful for flat, dry roads – not snowy highways.
- Lightly accelerate. It might feel unnatural to give your car gas while skidding, but it can help realign your car’s rear as it slides to the side.
- Keep your distance. Always keep a greater distance between yourself and other vehicles while driving through slippery conditions.
Weather is one factor in fatal car accidents. Others might include distracted driving, drunk driving or equipment failure. If you believe someone else’s negligence played a role in a serious car accident, talk to our Denver injury attorneys to learn more about your options. There is no charge for the first consultation.
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