Pennsylvania Snow Removal Law for Vehicles
February 13, 2019
Pennsylvania drivers will face dangerous snow and ice conditions on the roadways this winter. Many drivers fail to recognize hazardous driving conditions start when a driver fails to properly remove ice and snow from their vehicles prior to operation. Driving with an obstructed view or having ice or snow unexpectedly block a driver’s field of vision can cause a serious motor vehicle accident.
Driving without clearing off the vehicle also places other drivers at an increased risk for being injured in a car accident. Debris can fly off an uncleared vehicle directly into the line of vision of another driver. Snow or ice falling off vehicles also can fall into the path of someone else’s vehicle. When snow on driving vehicles begins to melt, it falls directly onto roadways. When the melted snow refreezes, it can become a slick layer of ice on the road.
Following Pennsylvania Snow Removal Laws
Since 2006, it has been illegal in Pennsylvania to drive a vehicle with snow- or ice-covered windshields and windows. Clearing the windshield and back window is not enough. Drivers need to remove snow and ice from side windows and mirrors to prevent a limited driving view. Removing snow buildup from other areas including the hood and roof is strongly encouraged.
Pennsylvania law holds drivers liable if snow or ice is dislodged and falls from a moving vehicle striking another vehicle or causing serious bodily injury or death to a pedestrian.. When the failure to remove snow or ice causes injury or death, criminal charges may be filed against the driver. The laws also apply to commercial tractor trailer drivers who should pay particular attention to clearing off tops of their rigs given the large amount of snow and ice that can accumulate there.
Drivers should keep the proper equipment including ice scrapers or brushes in their vehicles to ensure their ability to properly clean off snow and ice. Allowing a car to run for a short period before driving can allow the vehicle to heat up enough to melt most of the snow.
Obtaining Compensation for Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious and permanent bodily injuries including broken bones, internal bleeding, loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and concussions. The costs of medical treatment including prescription drug fees and rehabilitation expenses can create financial nightmares for injured individuals and their families.
Individuals involved in car accidents resulting from another driver’s failure to properly remove snow or ice from their vehicles may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Drivers who fail to follow safety laws may be found negligent for their actions. Injury victims should contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer to discuss the process of filing a lawsuit against responsible parties.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Represent Victims of Negligence
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident resulting from another driver’s failure to clear their vehicle of snow or ice, the experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. We proudly serve car accident victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including those in the Philadelphia, Reading, Bethlehem, Allentown and Harrisburg areas. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable and highly skilled Philadelphia car accident lawyer today, call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online.