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Adverse Weather Conditions are Responsible for a Quarter of All Accidents

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 speeds appropriately.

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.