A study by USA Today and meteorology professor, James Koermer suggests that most weather deaths are a result of car accidents. The study shows that more than 7,000 Americans die each year from weather related vehicle accidents. According to the Federal Highway Administration, weather related crashes are defined “as those that occur in adverse weather conditions such as rain, sleet, snow or fog, on slick pavement.”
Koermer’s focus is to bring attention to this growing problem, as he believes these accidents are not a direct result of weather problems, but a result of drivers not responding properly to the hostile weather conditions. Koermer said he would like to see better weather notifications for drivers, as the weather can be unpredictable, with many people taking to the road without knowing what the conditions are like. Often, conditions related to weather, such as ice on the roads or heavy fog, contribute to fatal car accidents.
During unpredictable weather conditions, it is imperative to be alert and maintain an undistracted posture on the road. Not all people follow these rules while driving, which can lead to personal injuries like devastating brain injuries or death. If you or someone you know has been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to pursue compensation on behalf of their careless actions. Call (866) 377-3800 today to speak with our national injury attorney.
[Tom’s Tips: Check your tires periodically to make sure that there is enough tread to handle severe weather.]
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