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Accidents Increase with Winter Weather

Throughout the first month and a half of the New Year there have been several particularly tough stretches of weather throughout North Carolina. Mid-January had an especially treacherous stretch, with winter weather leading to icy road conditions across the Triangle and in the central portion of the state. A combination of snow and freezing rain made it difficult for drivers to keep control over their vehicles, on highways and city streets alike.

Trouble spots for accidents were reported all over the state, including various overpasses on I-540, ramps along Interstate 440, and stretches of U.S. 70 and Highways 64, I-85 and I-95. One accident on US Highway 64 saw a tractor-trailer strike the vehicle of a police deputy who was providing assistance to a motorist. Three people were ultimately taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but two drivers involved in the crash received charges in the aftermath.

When the weather gets bad, it is important for everyone on the road to drive as safely as they can to decrease the risk of accidents. Drivers should always slow down when roads become covered with snow and ice, as higher speeds lead to an increased likelihood of the driver losing control of the vehicle. To improve visibility, drivers should also have their headlights on and be sure to use turn signals whenever appropriate.

If you should find yourself losing control of your vehicle, do not slam on the brakes — instead, ease up on the accelerator and simply steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel, rather than swerving around the road.

For more safety tips related to winter driving or for legal assistance if you have been involved in a serious car accident, speak with a skilled North Carolina personal injury attorney at the Lanier Law Group.

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