Earlier this month heavy rains caused
two unrelated automobile accidents on Interstate 20 in Greene County, Georgia.
The first accident occurred when a Honda Accord traveling eastbound, lost
control if their vehicle on the slick roadway. The vehicle crossed the
center median into on-coming traffic. The vehicle was struck by a tractor
trailer that could not stop in time. As a result, the vehicle was split
in half and both the driver and passenger were ejected from the car. The
passenger was killed on impact and the driver sustained serious injuries.
The other accident occurred just a few miles away on Lake Oconee Parkway.
This accident occurred after a tractor trailer that was hauling cars on
Interstate 20 could not break in time to avoid vehicles that were stopped
ahead of it due to traffic. As a result, the tractor trailer hit a Ford
Crown Victoria which spun out of control and collided into the back of
another tractor trailer which was in front of it. The motor vehicle accident
killed one person and injured four others.
Drivers fail to adjust to adverse weather conditions by reducing speed
and maintaining greater distance.
A study conducted by a group of transportation engineers reveals that nearly
a quarter of all motor vehicle accidents occur during adverse weather
conditions such as: ice, snow, and rain. According to the study, most
accidents caused by adverse weather conditions occurred in south. In an
interview, one of the transportation engineers responsible for the study
explained that the south experiences higher amounts of rainfall and has
a high population.
In addition, rainfall is most likely to cause accidents than snow or ice.
This is because drivers are more inclined to stay off roads when roadways
are covered with snow or ice, than when it is raining. When driving on
wet pavements during the rain, many drivers fail to adjust their driving
to account for the weather conditions. Drivers fail to maintain a sufficient
distance between themselves and other vehicles and do not reduce their
The study concluded that drivers should have a better understanding of
how rain and other adverse conditions impacts roadways, so that they can
make better decisions. For example, adverse weather can lead to reduced
visibility, pavement friction, effect vehicle performance, and travel
speeds. Many accidents caused by adverse weather could be avoided if drivers
reduced their speed and increased the distance between their vehicle and
cars in from of them.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that was caused
by driver negligence during adverse weather conditions, you should contact
an attorney immediately. An
Atlanta car accident attorney from Goldstein & Hayes can provide you with representation to ensure
that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.