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It’s the Law: Clear Snow and Ice from Your Vehicle

An ABC news report from Harrisburg last week told the story of how Felicia Carter was hit by flying ice from a truck while driving on Interstate 83. “It was very frightening,” Carter said. “The truck that was in front of me started to shed huge glaciers of ice off the top of their moving vehicle.” Carter ended up covering the cost to repair her cracked windshield because she didn’t know how to locate the driver.

When vehicles are covered in snow and ice, it’s tempting to ignore the part on top. But drivers who skip clearing the ice and snow from their vehicle’s roof are actually breaking the law.

According to the news report, in Pennsylvania, drivers could face fines of up to $1,000 if snow or ice falls from their vehicle and causes a crash that results in an injury. Drivers also are responsible for clearing their windows so that there are no obstructed views. If they don’t, the flying debris is not only illegal, it can have devastating consequences.

If you have a legal issue you would like to discuss with a trucking accident attorney in Philadelphia, contact us online or call (215) 238-8700.

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