Although there is a dusting of snow or a couple of inches of snow on the roads this morning in Philadelphia and surrounding counties like Montgomery County, there have been a number of car crashes and accidents on the roads.
There were a few PA Turnpike accidents this morning due to snow. One of the crashes involved a tractor-trailer and at least one other vehicle on the PA Turnpike near Morgantown, PA.
There were also accidents on other roadways due to snow. A school bus and a car collided along a snowy road in Chester County shortly before 9 a.m. Luckily, there were no children on the bus at the time of the crash.
Drivers need to use caution when driving on the roads today. Though the snow will taper off later today, the bitter cold will set in. Therefore, patches of ice may form causing vehicles to slip and slide while on the roads.
Though the wintry road conditions may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, drivers may still be held liable for causing accidents on the roadways. Drivers cannot blame the road conditions and get a free pass. They may still be held accountable in civil auto accident lawsuits.
For example, a driver who rear ends a vehicle ahead and causes injuries cannot avoid liability and say that he could not stop in time to avoid the crash. Though the roads may have contributed to the fact that the driver could not stop in time, the driver needed to leave enough distance between his vehicle and the one ahead to avoid the collision. Because of the slippery road conditions, the driver who rear ended another car needed to reduce his speed and not follow too closely to the car ahead.
If the driver and/or passengers in the car ahead were injured as a result of the rear end accident, they have legal rights. They may file a PA car accident lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover for their injuries and damages.
Some of the damages injured drivers/passengers in PA may recover are:
Drivers need to drive cautiously in order to avoid causing car accidents. In addition, they need to drive defensively and watch the road around them for any potential trouble. If they see a car tailgating their vehicles, they can change to another lane.
Injured in a PA car accident? Call Daniel J. O'Brien, Esq. to schedule a FREE consultation.