Whenever vehicles collide, injuries are bound to result – the more vehicles that are involved, the greater both the number and the range of injuries will be. The involvement of a pedestrian adds to the likelihood that severe injuries will be incurred. Such was the case of a recent multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Hamilton Township involving four vehicles and a pedestrian. Several of the accident victims died, including the pedestrian as well as one of the drivers; the other three drivers all escaped injury. According to the report, the details about how the accident occurred are fairly clear – but questions remain about why it occurred and whether alcohol, drugs, or road conditions were factors in the tragic incident.
Weather Conditions’ Effect on the Road
Each season brings with it unique weather conditions that ultimately affect the roads. Particularly in times when weather changes frequently, drivers are forced to pay extra attention to changing road conditions that can result. Though it is not yet clear whether road conditions were a factor in the deadly Hamilton Township accident, it is a reminder for everyone to exercise extra caution whenever weather may affect driving conditions. As we head out of winter and into the warmer months, snow and ice become less of a concern. Spring showers, however, mean that wet driving conditions are a frequent concern during these months.
Dealing With Wet Roads
Extra caution is required when driving on wet roads to minimize the chances of being involved in an accident. According to AAA, wet pavements are a factor in almost 1.2 million accidents every year. Some valuable safety tips for driving in wet weather provided by AAA include:
- Make sure you can see and others can see you – this includes making sure your wipers and all lights are in good working condition and on as necessary during rainy conditions.
- Make sure your tires are in good condition – your tires must have enough tread to provide good traction and they must be properly inflated to the right pressure.
- Do not use cruise control in wet weather – you will be better able to react appropriately when you remain in control of your vehicle’s speed and performance.
- Slow down – keep in mind that speed limits are exactly that – limits. When driving conditions are not optimal, it is best to take it slower and reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
- Give everyone extra space – leaving more space between you and other drivers benefits everyone, as it allows extra time to react should something unexpected occur.
- Remain calm – if you begin to skid, stay calm and do not slam on the brakes
Despite Best Safety Practices, an Accident Occurred – Now What?
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