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Icy roads lead to pedestrian accidents in Western Pennsylvania

Two separate pedestrian accidents have tragically taken the lives of two Western Pennsylvania residents over the weekend. An Aleppo Township woman was killed while walking her dogs on Aleppo Road in Allegheny County on January 3, 2014. Also, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, a man was killed as his own van slid on an icy street and ran him over.

This past Saturday, Allegheny County dispatchers fielded 3,700 calls between 5 and 11 a.m. Also, Beaver County reported 92 accidents, Butler County reported 40, and Washington County received 500 emergency calls that same morning. This week, weather is supposed to remain bad as the temperature drops and snow is in the forecast.

To help avoid these dangerous car and pedestrian accidents, the accident attorneys at Dallas W. Hartman have put together a list of tips to stay safe while driving in the winter:

1. Be sure to clear all snow off of your car to ensure maximum visibility. This includes the top of the car because if snow is left on the top, it can slide down to windshield when stopping and block visibility.

2. Practice defensive driving. Be on the lookout for cars that appear to be driving erratically and avoid them. Also, take extra precautions when you notice pedestrians.

3. Drive slow. Many major highways in Western Pennsylvania have their maximum speeds reduced to 45 mph. Slow down and don't be in a hurry. Driving slow could help avoid car accidents.

4. Make sure your tires are inflated properly. Proper tire inflation allows for maximum surface area contact with the road, which can help increase traction.

5. Always wear your seatbelt.

6. Avoid driving if possible.

If you or someone you know have been involved in an accident this winter, let our pedestrian and car accident attorneys help you reach a full and fair recovery. Our team of experienced attorneys and expert investigators has over 25 years of experience in handling accidents that involve winter weather in Western Pennsylvania. Call our accident attorneys today at 1-800-777-4081 for a free consultation.

Source: WPXI. "2 pedestrians die, as icy roads lead to accidents throughout Western Pa". 6 Jan 2015.

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