Wintery Weather Conditions Cause Accident in Upstate New York

by | March 2nd, 2012

March 2, 2012

Snow and ice on roads in upstate New York this past Wednesday caused slick conditions that led to several vehicle accidents. According to reports from the Pocono Record, the first crash happened shortly after midnight along Interstate-380 in Coolbaugh Township.

Accident reports indicate that the 36-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer was exiting the snow-covered highway when he suddenly lost traction and control of the vehicle. The 18-wheeler hit an embankment before jackknifing and coming to rest in the southbound lanes of the highway.

Just hours later, a 55-year-old truck driver lost control of his big rig on ice-covered roads along I-80. He was traveling west when his truck hit a slick patch and bounced across both lanes of traffic before crashing into an embankment.

Two other crashes are being blamed on motorists driving too fast for the snowy conditions.

The high number of crashes in the state of New York caused by wintery weather conditions has prompted the New York Department of Transportation (NYDOT) to release an interactive website that teaches motorists of the dangers ice and snow on the road can present. It also offers tips for staying safe while behind the wheel in the winter conditions.

The New York auto accident attorneys with William Mattar Injury Lawyers would like to remind drivers to stay off the road if possible in snowy conditions. If you must drive, buckle up and take it extra slow.