James R. Schmidt, Jr., Sr. Collision Reconstruction Engineer ::::
It’s the first snow of the season, and it looks beautiful, right? Not when you’re involved in a crash first thing on a wet/snowy morning!
When it snows, and the roadway is wet, slushy, snow-covered, or icy, know that that the laws of physics dictate that it will take longer to stop. Reduce your speed. Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Take turns more slowly. And, regardless of the weather, never turn left until it’s clear to do so. Even if the traffic light is changing from green to yellow to red, you must wait to make sure opposing traffic is stopping before proceeding through the intersection to complete your left turn!
As it turns out, traffic wasn’t jammed up this morning for no reason. I learned what the hold-up was when I finally reached the intersection. In this crash, it’s consistent that the blue car had been travelling in the opposite direction that I was, and was trying to turn left (to the right in the image) at the same time the pickup truck was proceeding straight through the intersection in the same direction I was travelling.
Drive carefully and be safe this winter season!
James R. Schmidt, Jr., is a Sr. Collision Reconstruction Engineer with DJS Associates and can be reached at 215-659-2010 or via email at experts@forensicDJS.com.