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Pile-Up Accident on Interstate 81

On March 28, 2022, a terrible and dangerous accident occurred on Interstate 81, 8 miles from our office, during a snow squall and whiteout conditions. According to WNEP, a local news station, about 80 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on Interstate-81 near the Minersville exit and included an immense fire that burned for a day. Numerous deaths were reported as a result of the accident. The Interstate re-opened after nearly two days of closure with assistance from traffic control and emergency services. When large-scale accidents occur, such as the one that occurred on Interstate-81, it is especially important to drive with care and caution and know how to react.

Whiteout conditions and a snow squall were two dangerous factors that impacted the pile-up accident. Whiteout conditions define snowy weather that makes it difficult to see and drive. Combined with high winds and rapidly drifting snow, it can become a detrimental factor when driving. If possible, it is safer for vehicles to remain off the road until conditions become lighter or the snow stops. Snow squalls are instant and sudden amounts of heavy snow that accumulates very quickly. Snow squalls are very similar to a whiteout; however, snow squalls typically occur in one centralized location. These weather conditions mixed with heavy traffic can lead to very dangerous driving conditions.

During bad weather conditions, it is important to drive at lower speeds and maintain a safe distance between other vehicles. In particular, larger vehicles, such as trucks and tractor-trailers, should be extra cautious. Because of the size and weight of trucks, it is harder and slower to completely stop or make sudden stops. When visibility is very low, such as during heavy snow, all vehicles should follow safety protocols. It is also recommended to turn on hazard lights. This will encourage other vehicles to follow in order to remain on the road and keep a safe distance.

When a serious auto accident occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately. If passengers are injured in a crash, they may need to receive immediate medical attention. Vehicles on the road should not block or remain on the road. A space should be open for emergency vehicles, such as medical services, police, or fire services. Also, passengers and drivers should remain in their vehicles. It is safer for people to stay off the roads, and it will also help to keep lanes open for emergency vehicles.

If a large-scale accident occurs, be prepared to remain in traffic for a prolonged period of time and to respond to traffic changes. Traffic workers may need to redirect traffic, close lanes, or re-reroute traffic to another area. Following safety protocols will help traffic stay away from the accident area and move to a safer area. Serious, and sometimes deadly, auto accidents can occur unexpectedly and without warning. It is important to know what to do and how to react in these circumstances.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, our attorneys will be available to help you receive the compensation you need. Please call us at 800-518-4LAW(4529) to speak with one of our auto accident attorneys.

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