Raging storms lashed Atlanta and much of north Georgia over the weekend, and several accidents were traced to the poor weather, including one fatal car accident that left one man dead.
Pickens County resident, Raymond Jones was killed when a tree fell on a car on Nacoochee Drive in Atlanta. The car quickly caught fire, and Jones was killed at the scene. Across metro Atlanta, trees and power lines collapsed, creating scenes that were ripe for automobile accidents. Other accidents were reported from Cobb County where a car was struck by a falling tree. Forsyth County saw several boats damaged during the storm, and a collapsed dock. However, there were no serious accidents reported. Power outages were widespread across North Georgia, and with a forecast of more rain in the next couple of days, we can expect the bad weather to continue.
Driving in adverse conditions is one of the most series challenges for a motorist. The existing problems involved in negotiating heavy traffic and avoiding pedestrians and bicyclists, are only compounded when you have to deal with strong winds, heavy rains, snowfall, hail or fog. Wet and slippery road can leave vehicles at risk for skidding accidents or rollovers that can lead to serious injuries. Howling winds and the sound of the rain can make it harder for a motorist to hear the horns of other drivers nearby. Water on the road can spray on the windshields of other vehicles nearby, impacting their ability to see clearly. The risk of hydroplaning increases when you are driving at excessive speeds on a wet highway. When there is excessive water on the road and you are driving at 55 mph – which could be the normal posted speed limit on the road – you run the risk of the tires losing contact with the road surface.
Atlanta personal injury lawyers advise the following tips when you set out to drive in poor weather.
- Slow down. The posted speed limits may be too risky for wet weather.
- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.
- Look out for steep curves ahead that can be harder to navigate in bad weather.
- Before you set off, make sure that your car is primed and prepared to take on the lousy weather. Check the windshield wiper fluid and wipers, battery, tires and headlights. The elements can be cruel to an unprepared car and driver.
- Be alert, especially at intersections and other risk spots.
- Check the weather report before you set out. If the weather looks like it’s going to get worse, not better, take another route, or postpone your journey.
- Keep your vehicle stocked with an emergency kit, including food, water, and other essentials. You’ll need these if the weather gets worse, and you’re stranded on the road.