The National Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) keep statistics of winter car accident resulting in death.  NHTSA claims wintry weather car accidents killed 4,000 people over the last five years.

In an article by Doyle Rice in USA Today, The Journal News on February 7, 2017, points out wintry weather such as blinding snow squalls occur often in Pennsylvania on I83.  Snow squalls are like little blizzards.   Most people think tornadoes or floods are the deadliest weather but car accident in wintry weather kill more Americans each year than any other weather danger.


From 2011 – 2015, an average of 800 people died a year in car accidents because of snow, freezing rain, sleet or ice according to NHTSA and the Auto Insurance Center.  Ohio was the deadliest state for car accidents more than 420 deaths in the past 5 years.  The average of 86 deadly accidents per year.  New York averages 46 deadly accidents per year.

Snow squalls are a frequent winter hazard near the Greta Lakes.  Snow squalls create instantaneous white out conditions leading to catastrophic pile ups.  The snowy winters of 2013-14 & 2014-15 were bad for deadly accidents.  In 2013, more than 1200 people died in winter time car accidents.  The highest number of death in the past 5 years experts say the common ingredient in these deadly crashes is driving too fast for conditions.  People believe that the posted speed limit is for wintry weather but the speed limit is for optimal driving conditions.  Further, people should be driving defensively in winter weather which means they should be going less than the speed limit.

According to the article, since 2011, the eighth most deadly state for winter time accident is Texas.  Texas does not regularly see snow but when snow or ice conditions exist, many deadly accidents occur in Texas.  Perhaps the drivers are not experienced in driving in winter weather and more accidents occur.  This also exists in Georgia.  These states can get snow and ice resulting in deadly winter accidents.  The Auto Insurance Center claim the drivers in these states “are not accustomed to driving in wintry weather and may not have the proper care equipment to allow them to drive safely” (i.e. snow tires, chains, four wheel drive vehicles or even all-wheel drive vehicles).

Other state rankings in winter time car accidents are Michigan with 83 deaths from 2011-2015, Pennsylvania 65 deaths per 5 years average, Indiana with 49 deaths and New York with 46 deaths per 5 year periods.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a wintry weather car accident, call the law firm of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800 or contact us at our website



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