Recent icy weather here in North Carolina led to a slew of accidents across the state’s roadways last Friday. Though officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation began pre-treating roads to help ensure drivers’ safety, some accidents took place nonetheless.
The brine that DOT crews treated the roads with helps prevent ice and snow from sticking to the pavement. This makes the roads easier to plow and helps minimize the risk of exceptionally dangerous accidents.
Despite the state’s best efforts, some drivers’ reckless behavior still led to several accidents. The North Carolina Highway Patrol says there were 13 reported accidents across the state, most of which were minor and due to weather, not problematic drivers. However, three of these wrecks were caused by drivers exceeding safe speed for icy conditions.
When driving on icy roads, AAA recommends that drivers decrease their speed and leave plenty of room to stop. Give yourself at least three times more space than you usually would given that ice greatly increases stopping distance. Use low gears to help maintain traction and always keep your windshields clean to improve visibility. Finally, make sure to always brake gently. Skidding is what leads to many accidents on iced over roadways and should be avoided at all costs.
The North Carolina Injury Attorney’s Perspective:
Our firm has more than 25 years of experience handling cases involving auto accidents in the region. If you’ve been injured on a North Carolina roadway and believe someone else is to blame, you should consult with a North Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss what legal options may be available to you.
If you’ve been injured in a North Carolina car crash, consider reading this article which covers some of the basic questions and concerns raised by those involved in auto accidents.