Wet Roads in South Carolina Lead to Car Accidents and Three Deaths | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says heavy rains and poor driving conditions were to blame for the car accident that killed three people in Horry County, South Carolina (SC).


Ipersha McCants was traveling with three passengers on Palmetto Pointe Boulevard when her car collided with a truck driven by Thomas Nelson Powell at the intersection of Palmetto Pointe Boulevard and the 17 Bypass. Tragically, Ipersha McCants three passengers, Mark Sermon Jr. and his two children, died in the car accident. Both the drivers, McCants and Thomas Nelson Powell were taken to local area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.


Driving on wet roadways can be deadly. Unfortunately, it can also be unavoidable. If you find yourself trapped on the road during a heavy storm you can reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident by driving carefully and obeying wet weather traffic rules. Remember that roads become very slick as soon as starts to rain. This is due to all of the oil and debris that has accumulated on the ground mixing with the rain water. You should always drive slowly and cautiously over wet roads, these oil slicks can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.


When you are driving in heavily populated areas during bad weather be extremely cautious of intersections and other vehicles on the roadways. Remember that braking suddenly can cause you to lose control of your vehicle or collide with another car easily when the roads are wet. Try to keep double the distance from the car in front of you then usual. Also, prepare to stop at all intersections, even if the light is still green. By easing off the gas you will reduce your chances of having to slam on the brake pedal in the event that the light does turn red.


Rain is common in South Carolina (SC) but car accidents do not have to be. By employing these bad weather safe driving tips you will drastically reduce the likelihood of a crash.


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