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13 People Injured In Watertown Car Accident on Interstate 81

13 People Injured In Semi-Truck Accident Along Interstate 81 Near Arsenal Street (Exit 45)

13 People Injured In Watertown Car Accident on Interstate 81

WATERTOWN, NEW YORK (February 2, 2023) – At least 13 people were injured during a Watertown snowstorm on Interstate 81 not far from  Arsenal Street (Exit 45).

Watertown police officials are saying that the collision took place around 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday. A tractor-trailer jackknifed in the road and hit multiple other people.

At least three other semi-trucks and a school were involved in the collision. There was heavy snow on the ground at the time of the collision.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. At least 13 people were taken to the hospital.

Several people had serious injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Watertown Car Accidents

Inclement weather is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. According to the Department of Transportation, “On average, there are over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year. Approximately 21% of these crashes – nearly 1,235,000 – are weather-related.” There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent weather related accidents.

  • It may be best not to be on the road during very intense weather.
  • If a driver must be on the road during a storm, they should slow down as much as possible.
  • Drivers may need to install chains on their tires during heavy snow and ice conditions.

Semi-trucks can be particularly dangerous during snowstorms. They are already difficult to control in the best of circumstances. All semi-truck drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting other vehicles. The company that a truck driver worked for could potentially be held at fault for a collision. Any person that is injured in a company may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim.

Investigating A New York Car Accident

Do you need more information about a semi-truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of help after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 800-529-9997.


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