Powerful Winter Storms Like Jonas Wreak Havoc on Tennessee Roads
In the recent winter storm Jonas, there were more than 1,000 airport flights canceled and long lines at grocery stores as individuals attempted to stock up on necessities. Heavy snow can cause serious challenges driving on Tennessee roads. Anytime snow is blowing, there are dangerous conditions that can threaten property as well as life. According to research, there are more than 5.7 million car crashes every year. Anyone who hit the roads in the most recent winter storms knows just how dangerous driving through a severe winter storm can be.
As many as 22% of accidents are related to the weather. In weather-related accidents, more than 445,000 individuals suffer injuries and 6,000 individuals are killed every year. The majority of weather-related accidents happen on wet pavement. In fact, 73% of weather-related accidents happen on wet pavement. Although some people are familiar with driving in these conditions, others underestimate how much the weather or the road conditions will impact their vehicle and thus do not adjust their speed and attention accordingly. If you’re not paying attention when winter storms are hitting, you could put yourself at serious risk of an accident.
Snow, sleet, icy pavement, and heavy precipitation falling can all cause problems for road conditions as well as for the drivers behind the wheel. It becomes more difficult to control your vehicle and come to a complete stop and your visibility is also severely impacted during serious winter storms. Many individuals who might not be familiar with driving in snowy conditions get extremely nervous behind the wheel and may engage in dangerous behavior as a result. With so many potential impacts from winter storms, it is important to keep in mind some safety tips when getting behind the wheel in Tennessee.
First of all, avoid going out on the road unless you absolutely have to during any winter storm. Staying inside could help prevent property damage and injuries associated with a Tennessee car accident. If you do have to get into your car to head out somewhere, make sure you use your lights and signals at all times. It is already difficult for other vehicles and pedestrians to see you so you need to comply with all rules and regulations related to signaling and usage of lights. Additionally, adjust your speed in conjunction with the weather conditions.
Heavy snow or rain means that it is more difficult to control your vehicle, so adjust your speed so that you have as much visibility as possible. Bear in mind that other drivers might not be prepared for the adverse weather conditions, so do not engage in any sudden or aggressive driver behavior as this could lead to a critical accident.
If you have been in an accident in Murfreesboro or surrounding areas during a winter storm, consult with an experienced accident attorney at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley Attorneys at Law at 615-893-1331, or contact us online as soon as possible.