A Pennsylvania woman was killed in a Maryland car accident when the Honda she was driving collided with a Mack truck. According to a WBAL-TV news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Maryland Route 439 north of Maryland 23 in White Hall. Officials say the Honda was traveling westbound on a partially snow-covered, wet road when it veered out of control, crossed the center lines, and struck the Mack truck. The car’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash, but they believe that weather was a contributing factor.
We are months away from having clear, snow-free roadways here in Maryland. In all likelihood, you will have to drive in adverse conditions on a regular basis. To reduce your chances of being in a weather-related crash this year, it would be a good idea to take the following steps:
- Check the weather. There will be a handful of days in the coming weeks where the weather is so treacherous that no one should be on the road. Check the weather before embarking on a trip.
- Check your tires. Proper tire inflation is key to vehicle stability. You should also make sure that your tires have adequate tread so that your car won’t slide on the ice.
- Turn on your headlights. You should turn on your headlights when it is snowing to increase your visibility.
- Know your brakes. If you have purchased your car in the last 10 years, it probably has anti-lock brakes. This means that you only have to press firmly on the brakes when sliding on ice. If, however, you have an older vehicle that does not have anti-lock brakes, you may have to pump on the brakes when trying to slow down on slick roadways.
- Point where you want to go. If you are drifting or sliding, turn the wheel where you want to go and do not over-correct.
- Keep your distance. You will need more time to slow down on an icy roadway. So, make sure you leave much more space between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you.
If you have been involved in a car accident this winter, please contact an experienced Maryland trucking accident lawyers who can help you better understand your legal rights and options.