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Pennsylvania Saw Several Car Wrecks And Injuries After Weekend Snow, Ice And Wind

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Always remember that winter weather causes many roads to become slippery. Also, high winds make the conditions even more potentially dangerous. This weekend Pennsylvania saw snow, ice and wind.

According to many newspaper and television station reports, last Saturday February 11, 2012 saw many car wrecks and accidents resulting in injuries in Pennsylvania. These crashes coincided with the light snow, some ice and high winds throughout the Commpnwealth of Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and out west to Pittsburgh.

For instance in Central Pennsylvania, just outside Lewistown, north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania State Police in Selinsgrove report two McClure residents were injured during a two-vehicle crash. Rodger Joseph Secrest was traveling eastbound along U.S. 522 just west of Beaver Springs around 1:15 p.m. when his vehicle appears to have crossed over the center line and struck a westbound vehicle operated by Ellen L. Knepp.

Police said Rodgers was transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment, while Knepp was transported to Evangelical Hospital in Lewisburg. For more on the accident go to the Lewistown Sentinel website at the following link:

http://www.lewistownsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/533172/Police–Two-car-collision-involves-local-residents.html?nav=5010

This accident and wreck is just one of the many crashes which occurred over the weekend. Please remember to drive even slower when winter weather conditions cause slippery roads.

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    With a loss of control accident the question is “was it the drivers fault”?
    But what if we take everything out of the equation but the vehicle?
    We know the point at which the vehicle will start to pivot and that is when one front wheel has more traction than both rear wheels combined. 67% front weight to 33% rear weight.
    The most stability offered 50/50 is offered in race cars sports cars and some luxury vehicles. These vehicles will become unstable with a force of 90% of the vehicle weight.
    At the other end of the scale with up to four times the accidents, pickups, some SUV’s and cars with weight ratios of 60/ 40 to 66/34. The force needed to cause loss of control ranges to just 10% of the vehicle weight. On these vehicles rear traction is critical
    There are some good videos on the Internet showing how important the rear tires of a vehicle are. Also the Society of Automotive Engineers paper 2002-01-0553 shows any decrease of tread depth from new of the rear tires can contribute to an accident. Also on youtube “ front wheel drive stability test”