Crash Reported on Interstate 285 South in Georgia
DEKALB COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that damp roads in Georgia late last week led to several crashes during the morning and evening commutes. One crash on Interstate 285 led to the authorities closing three or four lanes of traffic. All vehicles traveling south were forced to use just one lane leading to extensive congestion.*
The Atlanta region saw a number of collisions throughout the day, causing delays throughout the metropolitan area. Reports indicate that rainfall likely contributed to the crashes.
During rush hour, traffic is congested, and delays are common. The high volume of vehicles on the roadway can lead to a higher rate of crashes. Statistically, evening rush hour is more hazardous than the morning commute.
Weather is just one of many factors that can lead to an increased risk of crashes. Rain is the most frequent weather event connected to collisions, but of course, rainfall is more common and occurs on a more substantial portion of the country than snow or ice. Rain can reduce visibility. At night, when visibility is already compromised, rain can make the problem even worse. Even after the precipitation ends, wet roads can make driving hazardous. Stopping time is greater on slick pavement, and sliding is possible.
Drivers need to take time and slow down when driving in inclement weather. Speed limits are designed to be the maximum speed for a roadway under ideal circumstances. Rain could mean traveling below the speed limit. In fact, drivers traveling the speed limit in bad weather can receive tickets for traveling too fast for road conditions. In some cases, the best option for drivers is to pull over and wait for the weather to clear, or to avoid driving in the first place.
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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/traffic/southbound-i285-accident-dekalb/85-622ab711-2cce-41ef-8f93-e3f22e27fdac and https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm
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