Intense weather conditions can lead to many hazards in our lives, from flooding to serious car accidents. Even when the weather is less than perfect people must continue on and go about their daily business. Unfortunately, a recent weather system caused havoc for drivers in New York and across the nation as they tried to carry on in spite of it.

A vehicle pileup left 35 people injured after ice, snow and rain caused dangerous driving conditions on the Bronx River Parkway. Many of the collisions occurred at low speeds, and a slight hill on the roadway may have added to the troubles.

Multiple vehicle accidents and traffic jams related to this same weather system happened across the country. These incidents included:

  • A 50-vehicle pileup that caused numerous drivers to be stranded and the death of one person on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The car accident victim was killed when he was hit by another vehicle after getting out of his own car. 
  • A multi-vehicle accident causing dozens of drivers to be stranded in cold weather for more than a day in Texas.
  • A 20-vehicle crash involving multiple tractor-trailers in Maryland. The accidents kept the highway closed for more than three hours.

Auto accidents can happen anywhere and at anytime – especially when bad weather strikes. However, the drivers in theses pileups may not have been prepared for the headache that comes with a collision, including accident investigations, medical expenses, vehicle repairs and working with the police. Understanding how to best move forward after a car accident and having a plan to deal with the aftermath can be crucial to your financial recovery.

Source: ABC News, “New York Car Pile-Up Latest in Series of Icy Crashes,” Liz Fields, Dec. 9, 2013