As we enter a New Year, we are preparing for a string of predicted winter storms over the next week in Pennsylvania.
For Pennsylvania residents this is nothing new, and it has a dangerous effect on the state’s roadways. But how does it compare to other states across the country?
Using recent data from the National Highway Transportation Agency, a study showed how often road conditions included sleet, snow, blowing snow or freezing drizzle. Pennsylvania was ranked the fifth most dangerous state in the country, based on these conditions.
The top 10 most dangerous winter driving states in the U.S. are as follows:
- South Dakota
In terms of fatalities, the most dangerous states for winter driving are Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Illinois. These 5 states combined account for 36% of all winter driving fatalities.
While these statistics might make you want to hibernate, chances are you will have to hit the road at some point this winter in less than ideal conditions. Be sure to look out for careless drivers and be alert for anyone losing control of their vehicle.
But even if you follow all safety precautions, accidents still happen. 100,000 people are injured in winter accidents every year. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact us for a free consultation at 215-642-2335.