A snowstorm that began on Sunday and carried over onto Monday has created a challenging commute for many people. Snow blanketed the northern part of the state. However, it was not just the north. Much of the state received several inches of snow including central and southern Utah. Sgt. Ryan Bauer of the Utah Highway Patrol told KUTV 2 News that the roads were jam-packed and the storm made driving hazardous for many drivers. He said, “A lot of places there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic . . . going 30-35 MPH.” According to an article featured on KUTV’s website, there were over 200 accidents in northern Utah. KSL later reported there were more than 500 crashes including four Utah Highway Patrol vehicles hit. There is no information regarding how serious these accidents were. Our hearts go out to those involved.
An article featured on KSL.com detailed how the storm affected commutes this morning as well. Lake effect snow started up last night and continued into the morning hours. This storm leveled on top of the ice and snow from the last one kept driving conditions terrible. The flow of traffic was extremely slow all morning due to the ice and snow. According to KSL Newsradio Traffic Center averaged about 30 MPH. This morning, there were roughly 26 major crashes according to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).
Unfortunately, car accidents are frequent in the United States, especially during and after winter storms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S., a motor vehicle crash is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-54. Additionally, over 37,000 people were killed in the United States because of car crashes in 2016. Many of these tragedies are preventable. The CDC recommends the following when driving to try and prevent car accidents.
- Always wear a seatbelt, even when you are not driving far. Always means each and every time.
- Ensure children are wearing their seatbelts or are correctly secured in a booster seat, car seat, etc. Be sure the seat is suitable for their age, weight, and height.
- NEVER drive when impaired by drugs, alcohol or other substances. Encourage others to do the same.
- Follow the speed limit. This tip is especially important when it is icy outside. Speeding on icy roads is a recipe for disaster. Not only do you place yourself at risk, but those around you as well.
- Eliminate possible distractions while driving like cell phones, texting, adjusting the radio, etc.).
Ultimately, we want to help you stay safe. We want to help you prevent a possible accident. As always, if you have been involved in a serious accident because of icy conditions or for any other reason, contact The Advocates. We can help! A personal injury attorney in Utah can help get you back on your feet. Although we cannot undo the damage from your accident, we can help reduce some of the stress and worry from the accident by helping you know what you should do next. We are avalilable 24/7. The call is always free. You deserve an Advocate!