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Winter Weather Causes Over 800 Traffic Fatalities Each Year, Study Says

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A newly released study has found that winter weather conditions account for over 800 traffic fatalities across the United States each year. The study - conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia - is the first of its kind to examine actual death rates based on population and weather patterns.

Here are some key points about the study:

  • Based on data collected from 1996 - 2011, researchers found that bad weather in the U.S. accounted for an average of 817 traffic deaths per year. Auto accidents were the most significant cause of death associated with poor weather conditions, including snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
  • In total, more than 12,000 people died nationwide in auto accidents during winter precipitation from 1996 - 2011.
  • Traffic deaths were more common than expected in Western regions with heavy snowfall, as well as areas around the Great Lakes.

Researchers are hoping that the study will help remind motorists of the need to drive cautiously when weather conditions are poor. Although we cannot control weather and roadway conditions, we can make the effort to drive safely so as to reduce the risks of preventable accidents and injuries.

Motorists who drive negligently during poor weather can be held accountable for victims’ damages if it can be proven that they were negligent. Driving too fast for roadway conditions, for example, would be a negligent act that can contribute to a preventable car wreck.

At The Daspit Law Firm, we are passionate about fighting for accident victims and families. Given the rough winter we’ve had throughout Texas, our team has seen many cases involving accidents that occurred during rain, snow, and sleet. If you have questions about filing a personal injury lawsuit and how our firm may be able to help you recover compensation, contact us today.

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