Crashes and Wet Pavement Lead to Road Closures in Burke County, Georgia
BURKE COUNTY, GA- Wjbf.com writes that several roads in Georgia’s Burke County were closed because of flooding and wet pavement. Prior to the road closures, there had been three collisions in less than 24 hours that resulted partially because of the rain. Injuries were reported in all three incidents. The details regarding those wrecks have not yet been released.*
Officials are reminding drivers to use extra caution when driving on wet pavement. Stay within the speed limit, and do not follow other drivers too closely. As with any time drivers are behind the wheel, ensure there are no distractions.
Weather-related crashes occur more than a million times every year in the United States. According to reports, there are 1,253,000 crashes every year in which inclement weather played a role. About 5,000 people die in those instances, while well over 400,000 are injured.
The weather event responsible for the largest number of weather-related crashes is wet pavement and rain. During rainfall, driver visibility is impaired, making it more difficult to see the road. Wet pavement remains an issue even after the rain has ceased. About 70 percent of crashes in which weather was a factor involved wet roadways. Of course, snow, ice, and fog all cause many incidents every year as well.
Even in cases of bad weather, human error is another factor involved in these wrecks. Drivers must remain extremely cautious when they are driving in bad weather. In many cases, this means traveling slower than the speed limit. Even at lower speeds, cars can hydroplane, causing drivers to lose all control over their vehicles. When roads are at their worst, the most responsible decision may be to avoid driving at all.
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Sources:https://www.wjbf.com/csra-traffic/road-closures-in-the-burke-county-area/ and https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm and https://www.cannoncourier.com/aaa-dos-and-donts-of-driving-in-rainy-weather-cms-19389
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