DECATUR COUNTY, IL- Fox59.com reports that two people died in crashes on Wednesday, December 5, 2018,on Interstate 74. The roadway was slick with snow, likely contributing to the fatal crashes. The first incident took place at about 3:30 in the morning. A man driving a Jeep lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail before flipping over multiple times. The victim was identified as Rickie Meece, 58, of Greensburg.
The second accident happened about two hours later at 5:30 a.m. A woman lost control of her vehicle, which began to spin before striking a guardrail and then was t-boned by a semi-truck. The woman was killed at the scene of the crash. The authorities have not yet released the identity of the victim.
Both of the collisions were likely related to the weather conditions. Snow was falling on Wednesday morning, andthe road was partially covered and was slick.
Drivers are at least partially responsible for 95 percent or more of all vehicle collisions. With that said, weather can make driving more difficult and accidents more likely. On average, there are about 5,891,000 car accidents every year in the United States. Out of those accidents, 1,235,000 involved inclement weather, including rain, snow, ice, and fog. These collisions kill around 5,000 people across the country annuallyand injure another 418,000 individuals.
The main cause of weather-related car crashes is rain. Wet pavement is the factor that creates the greatest risk to drivers. About 70 percent of weather-relatedcar accidents involve wet pavement, while only 46 percent involve actual rainfall as a factor. Winter weather contributes to crashes as well, but to a smaller percentage of deadly collisions. In part, this could be because there are parts of the country that experience little or no snowfall, but rain is much more common. Fog is only a contributing cause in 3 percent of crashes.
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