AAA Foundation: Severe Winter Weather a Factor in over 2,000 Deaths Annually
AAA Urges Preparation, Caution in Advance of Weekend Snow
(HARTFORD, CT) – A new analysis of crash data by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that almost half a million crashes and over 2,000 deaths occur during severe weather and hazardous road conditions annually.
The analysis found that almost 40% of crashes involving bad weather and/or hazardous road conditions happen during the winter. With that in mind, AAA recommends that all drivers take extra caution and avoid all distractions when driving in winter conditions.
“Even though the wet winter weather is coming in over the weekend, it’s a holiday weekend which may mean there are more people on the roads, so AAA is urging caution”, ” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Rain, snow and sleet can reduce visibility and make it more difficult to maintain control. Drivers should adjust their behaviors accordingly.”
The AAA Foundation analyzed 2017 regional data of crashes occurring in adverse weather including what the roadway surface conditions were at the time of the crash. Researchers found that adverse weather and roadway surface conditions were involved in 25% of all deaths that occurred during the winter— much higher than during any other season.
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