Unlike the last two winters here on the east coast, we have been lucky in the amount of snow that has fallen. But, just because we have not had as much snowfall as we have had in previous years, snow plow accidents are still very much a concern. Snow Plow accidents can lead to head injuries or traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or broken backs, skull fractures, crush injuries, and other devastating injuries, including death.
In the past year, these are just some of the individuals that have been fatally injured after being hit by a snow plow:
- A 51 year-old avid runner and her dog were fatally struck by a snow plow on Philadelphia Pike
- A 34 year-old woman was struck and killed in a parking lot
- An 18 year-old man who was walking to work at 7 am in the morning
- A 77 year-old man who was forced to walk in the street because the snow had been plowed onto the sidewalk, was run over and killed
- A 34 year-old pregnant woman and her dog. The snow plow driver did not even realize he killed the woman and dog until a witness told him.
Drivers must take extreme caution when operating a snow plow. Unfortunately, before, during, and after a snow fall, especially a large snow storm, both State and privately owned and operated snow plow drivers are working long hours, double time, and sometimes even triple time with very minimal sleep in between shifts. In addition to driver exhaustion there could be decreased visibility due to snow falling, wind driven snow or other poor weather conditions. When you have the combination of driver exhaustion and poor visibility behind the wheel of a heavy snow plow, it can lead to devastating or deadly accidents.
Since 1958, the experienced Philadelphia wrongful death and negligence Beasley Law Firm has aggressively represented clients and their families who have been injured or killed by negligent snow plow drivers. The Legendary Beasley Law Firm in Philadelphia has been awarded over $2 billion dollars on behalf of their clients and have hundreds of millions and multi-million dollar verdicts, settlements, and awards to their credit. If you or a loved one has been injured by a snow plow, please feel free to contact us toll free at (215) 866-2424 for a free, no obligation consultation.