Portions of Freedom Drive in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC) were closed after the driver of a truck ran his car into a telephone pole.
According to the Charlotte Police Department, the car accident was due to the driver speeding on wet roads. His truck hit a puddle in the road causing him to loose control of the vehicle and smash in to the telephone pole on Freedom Drive in the southwest part of Charlotte, North Carolina (NC).
Fortunately, the driver of the truck sustained only minor injuries in the car accident, but Freedom Drive had to be shut down for several hours while work crews repaired the broken telephone pole. Traffic in Charlotte was heavily delayed while the work crews made the necessary repairs. It is uncertain if the Charlotte Police Department will charge the driver responsible for the car accident for maintaining an improper speed while navigating the wet roadway.
While the driver was fortunate enough to sustain only minor injuries in this car accident that is not always the case for accidents involving wet roadways. As a personal injury attorney, I have seen countless car accident cases due to severe weather. Driving in severe weather conditions is far more dangerous then some may realize.
There are several steps you can take while driving to reduce your chances of being in a car accident if you find yourself caught out in heavy rain. Exercise caution while driving any time the roadways are wet. This is especially true during the beginning of a storm. When rain first falls it can mix with oil already on the roadways, causing them to be slick. During any type of severe weather, your vision is limited. Be sure to use your headlights, even if it is only cloudy outside, to help the other drivers on the road see your car better. Above all else, lower your current driving speed during rain. Drive at or below the speed limit, and only travel as fast as you are comfortable driving given the weather conditions.