Winter weather-related car accidents are an annual concern for many drivers across the U.S.
According to statistics from the Department of Transportation (DOT), accidents caused by ice storms account for more than 21% of all car accidents. On average, these accidents cause almost 5,000 fatalities and over 418,000 injuries every year.
Out of all the states, Illinois is ranked one of the deadliest states for winter driving. It has the highest fatalities, averaging 27 deaths annually.
Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued its first warning in 10 years, cautioning Illinois drivers to keep off the road during an ice storm. FEMA estimated that almost half an inch of ice would coat roads across northern Illinois.
FEMA’s warning in Illinois may become more common, especially in states that are at high risk for winter-weather accidents. The best course of action during a severe storm is to stay indoors and stock up on essentials, including food, water, flashlights, blankets, and a first aid kit.
Even without an official warning, drivers should stay cautious whenever there’s particularly severe weather. Those who still choose to travel during harsh winter weather conditions should be prepared to deal with poor visibility and black ice. Drivers should also make sure their vehicles are properly maintained, as poor vehicle maintenance is a major contributing factor to weather-related accidents.
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