How To Stay Safe In A Multi-Car Pile Up
I-94 near Kalamazoo was a terrifying scene for almost 200 drivers on Friday.
Due to icy roads and whiteout conditions, nearly 200 cars and semis slammed into each other on I-94 this past weekend. Due to the brutal weather in Southwest Michigan this winter, it is feared that this will not be the last multi-vehicle accident we see on our expressways.
So if the worst happens on the highway and many automobiles are involved, what should you do?
There are two schools of thought, stay in your vehicle or abandoned the automobile. Which is safest? According to Jalopnik.com
If it seems safer than opening the door, just stay where you are. Your car's safety features will be less effective once you're stationary or the airbags have been deployed in a crash, but if you grab the seat belt tight and duck a little, you still have a much better chance than on the open road.
If you can make it behind the wall or into a safe area without the risk of getting hit, go for it. You never know what could still come from behind.
Indiana State Police told WSBT.com that...
Most of the time it's best to stay in your vehicle, but it's a case-by-case situation - depending how bad the weather is and what else is happening around you.
Obliviously, if your vehicle is on fire or a automobile near you is engulfed in flames, you absolutely need get away to safety as soon as possible.
My hope is that no one is in the position to have to make a choice like this because we are all safe on the roadways.