Charleston, South Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and draws millions of tourists every year. In fact, according to the Charleston Area Bureau of Tourism, over for million people visit the region annually. One thing Charleston locals are not accustomed to, however, is snow. With recent cold weather pummeling the low country, motorists are dealing with a lot of auto accidents caused by snow and ice.
Police Respond to 60 Car Crashes in Mount Pleasant
The Post Courier recently reported that Mount Pleasant Police responded to 60 car crashes due to the January 3, 2018 snow storm. This can partly be attributed to the rapid accumulation of snow and ice, drivers with a lack of experience driving in winter conditions, and a lack of preparedness. Southern states that rarely see this type of snowfall do not generally budget a lot of money for salt trucks and snow removal. So, when big storms hit, roads stay icy longer.
Snow and Ice Driving Statistics
According to the Salt Institute, over 116,000 people are seriously injured every year, due to ice and snow accidents on the road. About 113 are killed.
Avoiding Car Accidents in Winter Conditions
There is still a lot of winter left for the Charleston area. When snow begins to fall, there are a few things drivers should do to prevent accidents.
One of the best ways to avoid a collision in inclement weather is to slow down to a safer speed. Regardless of the posted speed limit, travel speeds will naturally slow when snow or ice are present, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Nevertheless, a good rule of thumb is to slow down to a speed where you are comfortable and can see far enough in front of you to stop. You should not try to keep up the speed limit in bad weather. If visibility is too bad to see clearly, you need to stop.
Make sure tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Worn or damaged tires should be replaced immediately. Tires are one of the most important protections in bad weather.
Make sure you have an emergency kit on hand in your vehicle throughout the winter season. It should consist of the following, at a minimum:
- Water bottles
- Emergency blanket
- Backup phone charger
As a last resort, if visibility is poor or road conditions are too icy to continue, find a safe place to stop as soon as you are able. Pull over and wait out the storm. Never try to drive in icy or snowy conditions unless it is absolutely necessary. Even then, nothing is more important than your personal safety.
Injured in a Snow or Ice-Related Auto Accident
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a reckless or careless driver during snowy or icy road conditions, you have rights. Contact the David Aylor Law Offices to learn more about how you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost earnings from work, and medical expenses. Never talk to the insurance company without first consulting an attorney. The call is free, and there is no charge unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.